University of New Mexico Press
James Enyeart, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe
An extended portrait of a mother and daughter that will fray the edges of documentary expectations.
Cheryl Younger, International Photography Institute, New York
A poignant investigation into the nature of love and memory, including resentment, forgiveness, jealousy and understanding.
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, 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).