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Pleasant Street.

Photographs by Judith Black.
Stanley/Barker, London, UK, 2020. Unpaged, 9¾x9¾".



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When Judith Black moved to Cambridge in 1979 with her four children, a friend asked her if they were going to be all right there. Frankly, Black didn’t know. They had just moved into a dilapidated apartment in a neighborhood that the real estate lady candidly admitted was as good as they were going to find. The small convenience store down the block had “fuck you” fiercely spray painted on the clapboard.... a less than encouraging welcome for a family that had grown up in the bucolic hippie house they shared with Black’s siblings in New Hampshire. Things didn’t seem very promising for a single mother with little income and a houseful of young children. Over the course of the next two decades, Black would make a series of images that chronicled the lives of her young children, and her relationship with her them.

“I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to roam the streets to make photographs. I had limited time between working at MIT as an assistant, attending classes, and being a mother. Our apartment was dark, but it became my studio. I adapted by keeping the camera set up on the tripod, taking self-portraits by focusing on the door, setting the self-timer, and moving quickly into position. My self-portraits were therapeutic, cathartic, and hard to make.... hard to look at, too.' — Judith Black


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