First Day of Spring, New Hampshire

  • Virginia Beahan, First Day of Spring, New Hampshire, 2005, chromogenic print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Virginia Beahan, Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan, 2010.6.3

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The act of making photographs opened a new kind of dialogue between Virginia Beahan and her mother, who suffered from dementia and could no longer care for herself:
               My mother responded to being photographed—she liked the attention. A natural flirt, that side of her nature came out in the pictures—like a teenager preening for a date. There was something about the self she became in front of the camera that revealed more than a failing old woman, and the act of photographing became a special transaction between us. I felt an unexpected appreciation for the intimacy of the exchange. We had made a kind of peace.

Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011

First Day of Spring, New Hampshire
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Not on view.
18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (46.8 x 59.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan

Mediums Description
chromogenic print
  • Figure female – elderly
  • Figure(s) in exterior
  • Landscape – New Hampshire
  • Landscape – weather – snow
  • Landscape – season – spring
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