Artist Photographs Her Family’s Vintage Slides in New Locales

“Bathing Beauty”

“These little vignettes of family life in my current ‘space’ comfort me that [my mom] and others are still near, watching over me.”


Many people collect old photographs for their nostalgic qualities. These images offer windows into special moments in time, immortalized in c-prints. Artist Catherine Panebianco used her family’s collection of personal vintage slides in an introspective photography series entitled No Memory is Ever Alone. Through it, she connects her parents’ lives with her own by placing the old slides in front of locations where she resides now.


Most of the images from the series feature Panebianco’s mother and father in an array of different landscapes—from forests and lakes to interior scenes. “No Memory is Ever Alone is a visual conversation between my dad and me,” the artist tells My Modern Met. “He used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his late teens and early 20s every Christmas and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year. It was a consistent memory from a childhood where we moved a lot and I never felt like I had a steady ‘place’ to live and create memories.”

“I realized that by placing the slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us,” Panebianco explains. To do this, she sought places where she currently lives in Jamestown, New York, that resemble the locations depicted in her family’s slides. Many of these matchups result in an uncanny likeness between her parents’ past and Panebianco’s present.[…]


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