My Mother’s Notebooks 1938 - 2009

2011

For over 70 years my mother recorded in notebooks almost everything that took place in her life.

These photographs, taken in the rooms in which the notebooks were found, tell the story of my parent’s marriage and my mother’s attempts to come to terms with repercussions from my father’s childhood. My father is Jewish and, growing up in Berlin, he experienced the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews. Just before the outbreak of World War 2 he was evacuated on the Kindertransport. These photographs show, through my mother’s writings, how she came to understand that my father’s experiences in Nazi Berlin led to his mental health deteriorating, and how she struggled to keep the family together.

C-type digital prints. 20cm x 30cm. 12 photographs in the series.