My guest today is Terry Gydesen, a documentary photographer whose images tell stories of some of Minnesota's political figures and celebrities. But today we are not going to talk about celebrities, we are going to talk about a project that hit much closer to home for Terry.
The project is titled "Transitions, a Daughter’s Journey” and it is a collection of 30 large color photographs that represent four years of documenting her father’s decline from Alzheimer’s. The series was on exhibit in Minneapolis recently and left no one untouched.
Please enjoy this touching and important conversation with Terry and leave a message in the comments below if you have a minute or two!
Terry Gydesen is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis. Her passion for documenting political campaigns started in 1988 when she was hired by Jesse Jackson to document his Presidential campaign. With the support of various grants and fellowships, Terry has documented political campaigns both locally and nationally for the last 20 years.
Terry has been commissioned for several projects which include documenting Prince’s 1993 New Power Generation Tour in Europe which resulted in the book, Prince presents the sacrifice of Victor. She was one of twelve photographers commissioned by the Minnesota History Center to document life in Minnesota at the turn of the 21st century. Her “Snowbirds” project followed Minnesota’s retired seniors during their winter life in Florida and Arizona.
Target commissioned Terry for their “Story Telling” campaign, showing how Target’s philanthropic contributions make a difference in communities across the country. Most recently she has been retained by the Girl Scouts making portraits of leaders in the Community in their “Where Girl Scouts Can Take You” campaign.
Her work has also been published in various publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post.
Grants and Fellowships
Terry is a three time recipient of the McKnight Photography fellowship. She has also received grants from the Minnesota State Arts board, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. the 2017 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship.
Video interview during the exhibit