Saturday, March 2, 2024

A Photographic Memory (2024) True/False Film Festival

Photographer Rachel Elizabeth Seed never knew her mother, other than as an idea. Seed‘s mother passed away when she was only 18 months old. She knew her mom was a photographer  but she really didn’t know what that meant until she became one herself.  Deciding to try and find out who who her mom really was she started to dig into to her mother’s archives as well as reaching out to her friends, many of whom were some of the great photographers of the 20th century.

This wonderful portrait of a young woman and her mother is going to really hit home for most people. The quest to find out about a love one after they are gone is something many people have done and seeing someone go through the process and find wonderful gems is a real treat.   We should all be so lucky as to find out all these cool things.

One of the joys for me was getting to hear from the various photographers that Seed knew and interviewed. Having a brother who worked as photographer for years it was wonderful to get to put voices and faces together with names I’ve been  hearing for decades.

The bigger joy of the film, the real point of the film,  is seeing Seed connect with her mom.  This is a journey too many people never get to take. Watching Seed get to know her mom made me smile.


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