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Jeff Charbonneau $ Eliza French
Massillon is a group of performance-based pictures loosely inspired by the life of one of our ancestors who lived and died in Massillon, Ohio at the turn of the 20th century. We are transposing her life story into an ongoing fairytale inspired by our own dreams or fantasies, creating single-frame narratives that can be read individually or in tandem. Our basic themes are a woman’s suffering, her longing, her searching, and her interior fantasy life. We shoot on large format or medium format film and manipulate the images using traditional darkroom techniques. The images in this essay feature Eliza as the subject and were taken and printed between 2006 and 2008 in Northern California primarily.
We have been working together since 2004 and our images are created through a partnership from conception to finish. They have been exhibited in galleries, and international art fairs since 2006. Our work is currently published in the companion catalogue for the exhibition “The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography” on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
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Many thanks… david alan harvey