Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America

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Major Arcana (the 22 named or numbered cards in a Tarot deck) is a photo-based hardcover book exploration of modern-day witches from all over America, beautifully capturing the various ways “witch-ness” belongs to those who claim it.

In the work of photographer Frances F. Denny, this book is an exploration of contemporary witchery told through striking photographs and short, inspiring essays.  From occultists and Neo-pagans, to herbalists and Wiccan High Priestesses, Denny’s portraits capture the face of modern American witchcraft and challenge our assumptions about who and what a witch really is. Signed copies of Denny’s book will accompany the exhibition The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning & Reclaiming, on view October 7, 2022 – January 22, 2023.

  • 160 pages
  • hardcover
  • 7.4 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • by Frances F. Denny

The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming  (October 7, 2022 - January 22, 2023) explores how, even after 300 years, Salem’s witch trials remain a defining example of intolerance and injustice in American history. The extraordinary events of 1692-3 led to the deaths of 25 innocent people, the vast majority of whom were women.  The exhibition includes tangible fragments from the past that illuminate the real lives of Salem’s residents: those accused of witchcraft, their accusers, and those who defended them against legal charges, risking their own lives and reputations in the process. 

Item Number: 22067