Friday, January 15, 2010

Photography....Artist Archive of Family Style

"I guess you are kind of curious as to who I am, but I am one of those who do not have a regular name. My name depends on you. Just call me whatever is in your mind." This quote is from the book "Watermelon Sugar". It occurred to me when reading it...that the majority of people we see in our daily lives fit into this category. It's inevitable...our paths cross so many anonymous the parking the mall...the library. It may also apply to me...many of you don't know me yet.

In this case...I know something about the Stylish Women and girl in these photos. They belong to native Detroit Artist Toni Nunn's personal archive of family photographs. The black and white shot is circa 1955, the occasion was Toni's homecoming. Mrs. Lizzie Lee Jackson (The happy Mother) wears a lovely printed day dress for the occasion. Her look is simple and elegant, it speaks of her refined taste and youthful beauty. The colorized photo was taken in 1962 the day of the Artist Holy Communion. Toni is dressed in a traditional religious outfit and her Mother is wearing a classic pencil dress with Mink Stole.

You may have family photos that capture the Style of a special occasion in your own colleciton. Or perhaps you collect old photos or work with them in your art. If so take another look at them and try to appreciate the care that went into selecting the clothes that help to tell the story of the day. As you call them whatever is in your mind....look for the Style Story.


  1. Thanks Al... Lizzie would be honored!

  2. Lizzie was my aunt and always the prettiest lady in the room next to my mother. That beautiful face on such a strong woman, her brother would be proud.