Elizabeth Matheson and Barbara Tyroler use writing and photography to inspire memory and search for meaning in their latest project. With mothers and daughters as the central theme, they have extended their photographic journey with a group of writers who articulate these intimate intergenerational spaces through their essays in Mothers & Strangers, an anthology edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith, to be released by UNC Press April 2019.
Mothers are the most intimate of strangers. This series of photographs takes a fresh perspective to examining their lives, and those of their daughters, through portraits, spaces, and archival material. The writers provide commentary to each image through excerpts from their relevant works, adding a complementary dimension to the art. What do we discover about the relationship between mother and daughter? How do we view these women and their histories? What do we discover about ourselves? Mothers, Daughters, and the Writer’s Life sheds a fresh light on a primordial, complex, ever-evolving relationship.