Remembering Judy Gelles

I was dismayed to hear that the remarkable Judy Gelles passed away recently. She had a profound sense of humanity, combined with wonderful humor, and unique way of looking at the world, especially her own life and family. In fact, she was a truth teller.

Judy Gelles: Family Portrait and I’m 39 1977-1982

I was thrilled to finally meet Judy Gelles at Photo LA this past weekend.  She had her own booth that showcased her new series, Fourth Grade Project, examining 4th graders around the world.  Five or six years ago, I wrote several articles about photograph

Documenting the struggles of a woman and young mother were important to me. The “Family Portrait” series, created between 1977 and 1982 explored the cultural assumptions about Motherhood and Happy Families during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. When I began photographing in 1977, I had delusions of creating smiling, beautiful images of my two sons. But I quickly discovered that the true view of home life was very different than what family photo albums tend to reveal