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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.

Comments (1)


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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