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Respecting My Elders

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"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.

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    • March 01, 2012

      Giselle Behrens

      Community Member

      Hoboken, NJ

      What a wonderful project, left my tiny grain of sand !! good luck, I hope you get there :)
    • March 01, 2012

      Rhonda Schaller

      Community Member

      You are so close... happy to increase my pledge. Beautiful project, beautiful work.
    • February 26, 2012

      Regina Monfort

      Community Member

      Brooklyn, NY

      Wonderful project! wishing you all the best with its realization Ellen!
    • February 14, 2012

      Arlene Caballero

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      Great work, from a great lady! (former student. Class of 2000)
    • February 14, 2012

      Arlene Caballero

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      Great work, from a great lady! (former student. Class of 2000)
    • February 14, 2012

      Arlene Caballero

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      Great work, from a great lady! (former student. Class of 2000)
    • February 05, 2012

      Holly Zimmerly

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      Glad I could help. Love the subject, as u may remember, I focused on my grandma who was a huge inspiration in my life during college. Good luck!!! You are awesome & I know you will get everything you need. Regards.
    • January 21, 2012

      Zia Beth Holmes

      Community Member

      Charlottesville, VA

      What a fantastic project! I've thought of doing an "elder" project, probably dementia focused as I traveled that road with both parents. You go girl!
    • January 09, 2012

      Evie McKenna

      Community Member

      Jackson Heights, NY

      Go Ellen. Your photo teacher colleagues support you in spirit and when we can, financially. This is a wonderful and spirited project which so deserves funding...art with an undercurrent of history.
    • December 28, 2011

      Sylvia de Swaan

      Artist

      Utica, NY

      Best of luck to you with your project & happy happy new year!! xox
    • December 17, 2011

      Sylvia de Swaan

      Artist

      Utica, NY

      I just made a tiny pledge as a vote of confidence in you project which I'm sure will be full funded by the end! good luck good luck with your wonderful portraits & happy happy holidays
    • November 29, 2011

      Steve Rowland

      Artist

      Seattle, WA

      these are quietly powerful photographs of people who are not so quietly powerful - Hats off to them for their great contributions and hats off to Ellen for recognizing them.
    • November 18, 2011

      Barbara Blumberg

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      I am thrilled to be able to support this beautiful project,
    • November 18, 2011

      Abby Robinson

      Community Member

      New York, NY

      A terrific project by a really terrific artist.
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$1
A thank-you on the website
$10
A thank-you on the website & in the catalogue.
$25
A thank-you on the website & in the catalogue, and a hand-written thank-you note illustrated with one of my older photographs.
$50
All of the above, and a signed copy of the catalogue.
$100
All the above , and two signed catalogues.
$250
All of the above and one 5 x 7" photograph from the project.
$500
All of the above, and two 5 x 7" photographs from the project.
$1,000
All of the above and ten 5 x 7” elders portraits in a handmade portfolio.
NYFA Artist Fellowship
Ellen Wallenstein is a photographer and art professor in New York City, currently making portraits of creative persons over 80 years old.
Visual Arts
NY
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