BERTHA ALYCE: Mother exPosed. A Photographic Biography

Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2003. First edition. hardcover. Small 4to. Inscribed by the photographer. Laid in is a photo illustrated card, an invitation to attend the exhibition. "My mother’s mother, whom everyone called Dear, wanted to be a Southern aristocrat, and she was as much of one as a Jew could be. She was one of those ladies with her nose in the air; you could tell she thought she was better than other people. Dear never learned to drive, so she did her shopping and paid her afternoon visits in her chauffeur-driven Cadillac. Dear grew up in New Orleans where social position was important, and she could trace her lineage in this country back to the American Revolution. When he was twelve, my grandfather emigrated with his large family to Louisiana from Germany, becoming a successful retailer and landowner. I know these few facts about my grandparents, but I know nothing of their childhoods or their thoughts about life. They weren’t storytellers. As a child I watched my grandfather kill chickens he raised in the backyard. He ate no meat except for these chickens and fish. Because these are the practices of Jewish dietary laws, I’m sure he kept kosher but when I asked Mother she said, “He never said he did.” It isn’t surprising that a Jew in the South would want to hide any observance that might separate him from other Americans. Even in my generation when, at fourteen, I said, “Oy vey” to my mother, she quickly informed me, “We don’t talk that way, Gay.” Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the photographs in this book at the University of New Mexico Art Museum July -September 2003. A near fine copy bound in slick photo illustrated boards as issued. Item #15405
ISBN: 0826330940

Price: $150.00

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