Respecting My Elders
- Visual Arts
"Respecting My Elders" is a collection of color portraits of creative persons over the age of eighty, photographed in their home and studios. They are the artists and intellectuals of my parents’ generation, whose wisdom and insight are important to our nation. Known as “The Greatest Generation”, and coming of age between the two World Wars, the effect of their contributions upon future generations is evident in their cultural legacies. As these people enter the last phase of long and productive lives, I believe they deserve to be celebrated. My photographs are meant to capture their spirit and beauty, and to inspire admiration by future generations.
This project is asking to create the design and maintenance of a website and a printed catalogue that will introduce “Respecting My Elders”, a work-in-progress, to the world.
The website, designed by Yumiko Tsukada, will exhibit my ongoing series of portraits of elders, with a public section comprised of others' portraits of their elders, which can be uploaded to the site. There will be another section listing contributors to the project. The site will have music by the composer Sonya Heller.
The catalogue, to be designed by Renee Rockoff, will contain 25-30 portraits and information about those photographed. An introductory essay will be written by Marion Winik, writer and NPR Commentator. It will be sent to contributors, distributed through the website and sent as outreach for future museum and gallery shows.