|AFTERIMAGE GALLERY // MAY20 // 7.30-9.30PM
(45 Years of Fine Photography)
2613B Fairmount Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Hours 10-5:00 (Central Time) Mon.-Sat.
|WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND
Stories from Estate Sales
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NORM DIAMOND
ESSAY BY KAT KIERNAN
MAY 20 -- JULY 12, 2017
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|"Preserving a meaningful possession with a picture hopefully extends its life and also the memory
of its owner. The photo becomes a story about this anonymous person, often embellished with
sadness and poignancy - sentiments that attracted me to estate sales in the first place ... "
-- Norm Diamond
Estate sales have become a common way for people to dispose of their parents' possessions after
they die or move to assisted living. Over the course of a year, Norm Diamond visited countless
estate sales in Dallas, Texas, photographing objects that evoke sadness, humor, and ironic
commentary on American cultural history. The resulting images are gathered in Diamond's first
monograph: What is Left Behind -- Stories from Estate Sales (Daylight Books, May 16, 2017).
The articles Diamond came upon defy conventional expectations: a science project from 1939, a
century-old letter from a rejected lover, and a complete collection of Playboy magazines.
Poignant photographs of these possessions reveal clues about otherwise unknowable people. They
take on a life of their own, both in the images and in the idea they will now move on to new
Diamond photographed items at the sales, and also bought objects that he took back to his
home studio. There he used different lighting and backgrounds to alter or emphasize his
interpretation of them. As his spending limit was $25 per purchase, he looked primarily at
middle-class or working-class homes that reminded him of his Mid-Western upbringing. It was in
these homes that he found the most intriguing things to photograph.