27 Good-byes is a book I created in 2009 when I realized that I had 18 years of photographs that I had taken as I waved good-bye and drove away from my parents at their home in Iowa. I started in 1991 with a snapshot, and continued taking photographs with each departure. I never set out to make this series. These photographs are part of a body of work I call Relative Moments, which has chronicled the lives of my parents and other relatives since 1986. But as I discovered the subset of accumulated “leaving and waving” photographs, I found a small story to tell about family, love, and the pain of saying good-bye.
This book received an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Photography Book Now international competition.
Deanna Dikeman has been an artist-photographer since 1985. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas. She photographs her family in Iowa and Nebraska. She has done a series of photographs of interior details of homes. Her Wardrobe project includes photographs of old clothes in a thrift store and the Stephens College Historical Costume Collection. Most recently, she has been photographing ballroom dancers and their clothing in movement. Deanna received a $50,000 United States Artists Booth Fellowship in 2008. In 2006 she was given a Charlotte Street Fellowship. In 1996 she was awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. Deanna is represented by Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.