About “Family Gatherings”

This began with a photograph of our family Seder table in 2001. My wife and daughter set the table as they always did, while I took a nap in the living room. When I woke up the dining room had been transformed.

After that I photographed Thanksgiving tables, then Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and a Ukrainian or Orthodox Christmas table. Different as they sound, I found that they are very similar. These photographs are about shared values. The people are nearby, usually just out of sight, working on the final preparations. The rooms are different and the food is specific to the culture, but the celebrations have a lot in common. Food is often the pretext for the invitation, though that’s just the beginning. The rituals celebrate the past while the participants pray for peace and say blessings over the children in a variety of languages.

The prints were toned to reflect the warm feeling of family gatherings I recall from my childhood long ago in Ohio.

The prints in this collection were made between 2001 and 2005, are 24 x 30 inches, and are in editions of 5. For more information, please contact the studio.

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