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Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire

2004 Virginia Beahan Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1946 chromogenic print 18 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (46.6 x 59.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan © Virginia Beahan 2010.6.1 Not currently on view

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When her eighty-nine-year-old mother was stricken with dementia and no longer able to care for herself, Virginia Beahan and her husband moved her into their home. A landscape photographer accustomed to traveling extensively, Beahan at first found her prospects constrained by these circumstances, but she quickly discovered a new subject for her lens. Beahan documented the last years of her mother’s life with compassion as well as a clear-eyed accounting of the difficulties that came with the reversal of their roles.

Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011


Architecture Interior - domestic - living room

Ceremony - holiday - Thanksgiving

Figure group - female

Object - furniture - couch

photography - photoprint



About Virginia Beahan

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1946

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