|from the book There is Something in the Air|
|from the book My Grandma Was a Turtle|
Janssen’s recent publications are some of my favorite monographs published in 2010. My Grandma Was a Turtle, published by Snoeck caught me by surprise since the photographs were taken in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the town I was born in and spent the first twenty years of my life. I first heard of the project after Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam held an exhibition of the work last Spring. The subject of Janssen’s photographs are of children with Native American ancestry, mostly children from the Delaware tribe. The portraits are beautiful, but what I am primarily captivated by is how the photographs of the landscape interacts with her portraits. Combined, these images weave a poetic story about a timeless land and people… a story many photographers strive to achieve, but few do so well. Knowing this land, and photographing it extensively myself has given me a real understanding of the complexity and intelligence Janssen navigates in. The photographs are hand-pasted and presented in a style similar to a folio or even a family album, further giving the sense of intimate connection.
|from the book Amami|
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