Elinor Carucci spoke to fellow photographer Hannah Altman on what it's like to photograph her family through the years, how being an Israeli Jewish female has informed her work, and how she leaned into her path as a photographer.
Elinor Carucci embodies her work emotionally and compositionally. For decades, she has committed to photographing herself and her family to explore ideas of motherhood, daily life, relationships, and intimacy. Her images span generations, often using her own body in relation to others to contextualize her overlapping roles: mother, daughter, granddaughter, wife, artist, human. Documenting her most intimate moments from childbirth to aging, Carucci’s world unfolds in front of us in a way that balances being both organic and orchestrated. The elaborate stories that the photographs tell of her life echo modes of Jewish storytelling, of maternal oral knowledge, of pulling from deep into the mundane to lift universal truths to light.