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Beautiful Breastfeeding Photograph From 1953

By ceridwen |

This photograph was taken by the French photographer Jean Dieuzaide in 1953. It’s obviously beautiful, but especially poignant because she’s “gitane” or gypsy, from a group of people who historically had very little power. It’s called, “La Gitane du Sacro Monte, Grenade.”

There’s lots to love about this picture: The mother is radiant but she’s also thinking about something, doing some kind of calculation. She’s got just a hint of a crease between her eyes, revealing how much she knows. It’s a powerful maternal moment: she’s nursing the baby, but also looking outward. And then there’s lovely young girl looking on with pride. And how gorgeous are the polka-dot skirts?

Here’s a larger version:


Diezaide is famous for his photographs of the south-western France and adjoining regions including Catalonia and Spain. According to The Oxford Companion to the Photograph:”His pictures of French and Spanish gitans are romantic evocations of their life and evidence of the admiration in which they were held following the war.”

Thank you The Birth Interview Project for bringing my attention to this incredible picture.


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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Beautiful Breastfeeding Photograph From 1953

  1. Heather says:

    My word, this really is beautiful!

  2. goodtole says:

    This a beautiful pic, but what’s the story behind the barbed-wire in the back?

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