Joan Diane Eaton 1954-1990

This morning an interview I did with Otino Corsano for The Believer went online. In it I talk briefly about how the experience of looking at old photographs of my mother after she passed away may have contributed to my current practice.

This afternoon I came into my studio, which hasn’t had power to the outlets since the end of last week, to have the electrician point out some flame marks and explain that faulty wiring and a clearly not working breaker system had started a fire. My studio very nearly burned down - along with it everything I own except my clothing. Every negative I ever exposed, every old snapshot - I keep everything in my studio.

After getting over the initial shock and looking into fireproof safes for the negs… I got out the box of very old photographs and scanned a few. Posted here. On the Internet. Which while constantly under various threats…… is presumably fire safe.

Posted 27 2 2012



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