A Shared History.
Photographs by Stuart O'Sullivan.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2009. 64 pp., 43 four-color illustrations., 13x14".
Every family is a culture unto itself, a province with its own history and
borders. It is defined in part by that history, carrying its past weight and
bound by a promise to do better by it in the future. Both tenses, past and
present, are the family’s to carry forward. — Stuart O’Sullivan
Born in 1971 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Stuart O’Sullivan
lives and works in New York City. His first book, How Beautiful
This Place Can Be (Nazraeli Press, 2005) dealt with re-visiting
his homeland after a decade in the United States. From the perspective
of distance and time, he realized just what an “isolated
paradise” his family had occupied and he reflected on their place
within the new, rapidly changing social and political climate. We
are pleased to present his second monograph, Family History,
which takes as its theme the history of his wife Dionicia’s family.
Her late grandfather’s family were Quakers who migrated
to this country in the 1700s. They were among the founding
members of the state of Pennsylvania, and their history is long
and detailed. His family home, in which grandmother still lives,
is a fortress containing much of this history, and a ripe subject for
O’Sullivan’s uncanny ability to bring us all home again.
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