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Bertha Alyce.
Mother exPosed.

Photographs by Gay Block. Text by Gay Block, Eugenia Parry, and Kathleen Stewart Howe.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2003. 292 pp., numerous color and black-and-white illustrations, 7x9¾".

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Gay Block began photographing her mother, Bertha Alyce, in 1973 and continued until Bertha Alyce's death resulting from a stroke in 1991. This collection of Block's photographs (sections of which involve nudity) presents her complicated, and at times difficult, relationship with her mother and a mother-daughter quest for healing. This intensely personal and intimate account could easily be a reflection of any family today. Essays by Eugenia Parry, author of Crime Album Stories: Paris 1886-1902, and Kathleen Stewart Howe, former curator of the University of New Mexico Museum, accompany the photographs. To complete the presentation, the award-winning DVD Bertha Alyce is included (28 minutes in length).

"An extended portrait of a mother and daughter that will fray the edges of documentary expectations."--James Enyeart, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe

"A poignant investigation into the nature of love and memory, including resentment, forgiveness, jealousy and understanding."--Cheryl Younger, International Photography Institute, New York

"This is a funny, sad, provoking, and touching book that I most admire for its honesty."--Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gay Block's photographs have been exhibited in museums since 1975, including a solo exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1992 when her collaboration on Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust with writer Malka Drucker was published. Block lives in Santa Fe.


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