Academic journal article Afterimage

People I Don't Know

Academic journal article Afterimage

People I Don't Know

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I continue to be fascinated with found photographs. For 25 years, I have collected photographs found on the ground. Recently I have been drawn to more formal portraits culled from dusty cardboard boxes in thrift stores or ratty suitcases at flea markets. There is an innate sadness connected to the people depicted in these photographs: Who are they? What are their stories? How did these photographs end up far away from their families, unloved, discarded? I decided to give them a chance to live again, to be seen again, to be considered part of our collective whole. In order to infuse life into the images, I asked individuals of the same gender and approximate age as the people in the images to hold each photograph, leaving room for the viewer to connect the living to those who may have passed on and if not, have certainly moved to a very different place. I feel a quiet satisfaction that those pictured in the estranged portraits were able to see the sun and the stars again, be held again and be recognized with love and dignity. …

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