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by Phillip Toledano
Chronicle Books, 2010
Review by Christian Perring on May 4th 2010

Days With My Father

Toledano's elderly father had no short term memory.  For three years, until his father's death, Toledano took photographs, and the resulting book is a powerful record with striking, elegant images.  These are loving pictures in dark hues, dominated by greens and blues.  Some of them have some explanatory text, talking about his father's sense of humor, his ambition, his past, and his frustration with his life.  Some of the pictures show his father's handwritten notes to himself or to his dead wife. We get a sense of his admiration for his father and also the grief he feels at the gradual loss he is experiencing.  This is a memorable collection that will especially speak to people who have parents with dementia. 

 

Links:

·         Phillip Toledano website

·         Days with my father website

  

© 2010 Christian Perring        

 

 

Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York