Anna. Amerikan mummu. Photographs by Nina Korhonen. Journal, Stockholm, 2004. 104 pp. Large quarto (9.25 x 12.25/ ). Second printing. SIGNED on title page. Hardbound with tipped on cover inmage. 56 color reproductions.
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Much of Finish photographer Nina Korhonen's work concerns her grandmother Anna, who in 1959 emigrated to America, the land of her dreams. Anna's husband and daughter stayed in Finland, while she spent 40 years in the States. Every summer she returned to Finland and every winter her husband visited New York. In the 90's, Korhonen regularly visited her grandmother and documented her everyday activities during the last seven years of her life.
"Memories form an important element in Korhonen’s autobiographically motivated series of photographs. Starting from found colour snapshots of her grandfather, she develops her own history taken from the world of the 'American way of life' at the center of which is her grandmother, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1959. In large format colour photographs a dialogue is created between two women from different generations."--the publisher