Images from Bob Fitch Photography Archive in new documentary on Dorothy Day

April 30, 2020
Benjamin Lee Stone

A new documentary film by Martin Doblmeier on the life of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement includes a number of iconic images of Day from the Bob Fitch Photography Archive held in the Department of Special Collections.  The film, Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story, depicts "Dorothy Day's journey from young, communist journalist, to her awakening as co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and "houses of hospitality," sheltering and feeding New York City's homeless during the Great Depression...a portrait of a selfless woman who followed her heart to better the lives of those less fortunate."

As Bob Fitch noted in his 1972 book My Eyes have Seen, "In my travels I have met a lot of Movement lifers who claim their 'boot camp' was a Catholic Worker house.  The zeal, humility, and tenacity of this particular group of people finally led me to the Catholic Worker house in New York City's Bowery where I met Dorothy Day." (p. 95). 

Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story is available as a free streaming video via the PBS website.  Explore more of Bob Fitch's images of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement via this gallery in the Fitch Spotlight exhibit.