A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Taryn Simon explores genealogy and all its twists and turns in a series of photographic portraits that follow the course of eighteen family trees. Each family has an exceptional story to tell, such as the 'living man declared dead' from whom the series takes its title. Simon's use of stark, minimalist portrait photography accompanied by text is arrestingly captivating, drawing you to every individual and their role in the narrative of their lineage. Brilliant.

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