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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.


About the Author

Deanna Dikeman
dbdikeman Missouri

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.

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saiken says

This was a beautiful book. It was so poignant, I almost cried. What a brilliant idea, captured so well!! This would have gotten my vote. Stirring human emotions, one that everyone can identify, is most difficult. I think you did an outstanding job.

posted at 03:51pm Sep 15 PST


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