Zella Brown was born in Denham Springs, Louisiana on May 12, 1914. She was diagnosed with the tuberculoid type of Hansen's Disease (leprosy) at age 14. Her home became the Gillis W. Long Center of Hansen's Disease, or better known as Carville.
One of her greatest attributes was her faith and love of community through her church in Denham Springs where she attended church services for years. In her later years, the pastor would visit her at Carville to support her with uplifting prayer and spiritual sessions.
When photojournalists would visit, she loved having her picture taken, regardless of how famous they were. Zella always told them how and where to take her photo, as she states, "Because this one time this man photographer came to shoot my picture and it was very good."
Limited edition prints are available for purchase. Photographs are printed according to the scale of the camera format used to capture the image. Since camera formats vary, the dimensions of the editions are printed in full frame to match the scale of the negative or transparency on 8x10, 11x14, 16x20, 20x24, and / or 30x40 sized paper.
- 8 x 10 images are printed in editions of 1-100.
- 11 x 14 images are printed in editions of 1-50.
- 16 x 20 images are printed in editions of 1-35.
- 20 x 24 images are printed in editions of 1-25
- 30 x 40 images are printed in editions of 1-10.
There are two limited edition series of this image of Zella Brown. The first series is a vintage print edition, printed on 11x14 gelatin-silver, Agfa, Portriga paper, in an edition of 1-6, printed in 1990. The second series is contemporary image, printed also on 11x14, gelatin-silver Oriental papers in editions of 1-25. This print is only available on 11x14 paper.
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