Elinor Carucci has spent the past 20 years photographing herself and the people in her life that she is closest to. In her new series Born, she turns her attention to the newest members of her family, her twin children ñ a son and a daughter. Carucciís photographs have an intimacy that is at times startling, but they are ultimately about the collective human experience with family. The photographs are so beautifully seen that the viewer cannot help but find resonance between their own experiences and the personal experience that Carucci is sharing. Many of the scenes depicted in these images are emotionally charged with themes surrounding family interdependence and routine.
In the 2012 publication Photographs Not Taken, Carucci spoke about her experience being both a photographer whose subject is her family and simultaneously how being a mother of twins has changed her as an artist. Never one to have shied away from recording intimate situations, she wrote, ìevery moment, I had to choose between photographing and mothering, and when I did choose photography, every photograph became a second of guilt, a second I neglected them, I second I thought about light, composition, exposure, and not about them. Even if it was just for 1/125th of a second, I wasnít available in that 1/125th of a second.î When, as she puts it bluntly, ìthe photographer declared war on the mother,î the mother usually won, but the images Carucci missed remain stored in her memory. This photograph of her breastfeeding her twins Eden and Emmanualle are emblematic of Carucciís willingness to bare herself and her emotions, but also reveal a precious and unusually quiet moment between herself and her children.
Elinor Carucci (NYC) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. Elinor has had solo shows all over the world including at Moscow House of Photography (Moscow, Russia), Gagosian Gallery (London, England), Edwynn Houk Gallery and Ricco Maresca (both in NYC). She has also been featured in group shows at Fototage Trier (Trier, Germany), Fotofestiwal (Lodz, Poland), The Jewish Museum (Munich, Germany), and The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) among others. Elinorís photographs are included in collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the International Center for Photography (NYC), The Houston Museum of Fine Art (Houston, TX), and the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY). Her work has been shown in publications including, The New York Times, The New Yorker, W, Aperture, and ARTnews. She was awarded the International Center for Photographyís Infinity Award for Young Photographers in 2001, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has also published two monographs to date: Diary of a Dancer (Steidl 2005) and Closer (Chronicle books 2002). Her next monograph will be released in 2014 and will include ten years of work about her children. Carucci has lectured at numerous schools and educational photography facilities, including the Center for Photography in Woodstock in 2004. She is currently a photography professor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.