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Remember Me

Remember Me

by Preston Gannaway

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For 17 years Preston Gannaway has been photographing a boy called EJ following the death of his mother. Her new book, Remember Me is about becoming and the passage of time, while exploring themes of mortality, loss and masculinity.

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Gannaway was working as a young photojournalist at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire when she was assigned in 2006 to work on a story focusing on a family—the St. Pierres—in which the mother, Carolynne, was dying of liver cancer. During afternoons when the kids were at school and Rich, the father was at work, it was Carolynne to whom Gannaway became closest.

Working closely with the reporter, Chelsea Conaboy and the paper’s editors, they published their first story on the family after a couple of months and kept going. Four more stories were published, and in 2008, the story was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Gannaway stayed in touch with the family. EJ —Carolynne and Rich’s youngest son who had been four-years old when Carolynne died —became the focus of the project. Remember Me, includes photographs, many previously unpublished, spanning Gannaway’s time with the family. EJ first appears as a small boy and is shown navigating his way to adulthood. His visible growth through the pages marks the passing of years. Images of everyday details, landscapes and portraits collectively create a longitudinal essay on the impermanence of the human experience. The project is still ongoing.

Published September 2023
230 x 294 mm
132pp, 71 images (printed 4-colour)
ISBN 978-1-915423-01-6

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  • Preston Gannaway (American, b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer best-known for her intimate, long-form projects. She grew up in North Carolina and is currently based in California. Her work examines the relationships between individual, community and landscape, informed by her experience growing up as a queer woman in the American South.

    Gannaway’s first monograph, 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea', about the changing character of a seaside neighborhood in Virginia was published in 2014. Her photographs and artist books are held in private and public collections including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Duke University and Stanford University. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in venues around the world including the Everson Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and San Francisco International Airport Museum.

    She was a Light Work Artist in Residence in 2018 and a Pollner Distinguished Professor at the University of Montana in 2019. In addition to long-form projects, she undertakes commissions for publications and brands such as The New Yorker, WIRED, and Airbnb. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women Photograph.

  • 'It came to me only later — and I still have to remind myself of this in the frequent rush to get things done — how crucial this time was. Time not making pictures is just as important as time making them. One depends on the other.'

    'While the first two years of the project chronicled what happened to a family facing terminal cancer, the work in the years since is more a meditation on ambiguous loss. The New Hampshire landscape has become a character in itself. I’ve worked to make the project looser, more lyrical and more open to interpretation. I want the photos to belong to anyone’s experience.'

    - Preston Gannaway