melissa itzkowitz photography
losing balance
This is a tribute to my grandfather. Once a photographer, he was confined to a wheelchair for the last several years of his life after many bad falls, including one that left him with a broken neck. Losing Balance is a conversation between his family photographs over a span of nearly 30 years and my photographs taken over 30 years later of him living in the halo and of neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that were of significance to him.

Ultimately, the photographs reflect both a change and a consistency over time. As the people in our photographs have aged and evolved over 60 years, so too have the neighborhoods in which my grandfather spent his time. Despite these changes, there is also a remarkable degree of continuity in our photographic styles and in the relationships between the people in our photographs. Together, we bend and reflect time through the ways in which we see the world and our relationships to the people and places in it.
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