“The family album tells itself like a story that passes on to the children and grandchildren. I do not want to be a passive recipient of this inherited narrative.” - Gillian Laub
The Jessops: A Love Story combines text from my parents’ journals and letters with images that explore my family’s history. My father was a professional photographer who died when I was three, and I am the youngest of three sisters. Much of what I know of early family life comes from studying my father's photographs, movies and ephemera.
I used scans of my father’s photographs, paintings and graphics to create an ancestral authenticity. I have designed an idealized version of the beautiful life my father photographed. Relying on his colors, shapes and imagery, I made a highly graphic artist book about intimacy created from the distance of time.