Respecting My Elders

by Ellen Wallenstein


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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

      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

      Wonderful project! wishing you all the best with its realization Ellen!

    • February 14, 2012 Arlene Caballero Community Member

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

    • February 14, 2012 Arlene Caballero Community Member

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

    • February 14, 2012 Arlene Caballero Community Member

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

    • February 05, 2012 Holly Zimmerly Community Member

      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

      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

      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 with an undercurrent of history.

    • December 28, 2011 Sylvia de Swaan Artist

      Best of luck to you with your project & happy happy new year!! xox

    • December 17, 2011 Sylvia de Swaan Artist

      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

      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

      I am thrilled to be able to support this beautiful project,

    • November 18, 2011 Abby Robinson Community Member

      A terrific project by a really terrific artist.