"Family Reunion from Family Pictures and Stories" (1978-84)

"Family Reunion from Family Pictures and Stories," 1978-84
Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 13 inches
© Carrie Mae Weems
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"Before my father died, I decided to take him to a sound studio because he loved to sing and I wanted to record him singing. And I wanted to do an oral history. He starts talking about his life in Mississippi, and the farm that the family worked on. It’s a very beautiful narrative, but it’s a serious story—this complicated relationship of work, labor, war and aggression, and the market."

-Carrie Mae Weems