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In this Episode…
Valérie shares a special conversation with NYC photographer Fran Kaufman about her ongoing photography project of documenting her daily life with her husband who is struggling with dementia.
More than 20 years ago, I retired from a long career at Children’s Television Workshop (Yes! I knew big Bird!) and picked up a camera. I’ve never looked back. Since then, I combined my love of jazz music with my photography, and had a second career photographing musicians for magazines, record companies and for the pleasure of it. I’m working on putting together a book of my jazz photos, with the title “Stolen Moments,” as my pleasure and specialty has been behind the scenes photos from rehearsals, sound checks, recording sessions. I’m honored that the great, multi-Grammy-winning critic Dan Morgenstern has written an essay about my work to be included in the book. I’ve had numerous shows of this work in galleries and at two museums. I continue to be the photographer for a monthly jazz magazine that’s distributed in clubs around the country.
I thought I’d continue on this path forever. But a few years ago, my personal life took a left turn when my husband began to show signs of dementia, just as the kids left home, the tuition loans were paid off and we thought life would be a picnic.
To my surprise, finding a way to deal with the feelings and the day-to-day reality of our situation has led to the current project, which has taken over my photographic life. I’ve used this challenge as an opportunity to stretch my photographic muscles and venture sometimes into metaphoric territory.
This project, which certainly could also be called “Stolen Moments” is both a diary of domestic life and a hard look at how dementia robs not only the patient but also those who live with him.
Links to Fran’s Work
Website is www.frankaufman.com