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Parent/Child Series

Since 1980 I have worked on a series of portraits exploring relationships between individuals.  In 1983 I began making the Parent/Child series, which examined the complex interactions of this relationship. The Parent/Child relationship is a deep and personal bond; a photograph can only hope to be a glimpse of that bond. Many of the images in this series are presented in diptych or triptych format and reveal the effect of being viewed as part of a particular relationship in contrast to being represented alone, as an individual. In 1998, I began a series reflecting on the writings of Kaja Silverman, specifically her “active gift of love.”  I work simply and photograph what occurs in front of the camera.  I do not attempt to pose or manipulate my subject, and I see the resulting image as a collaboration between us.

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