Photographer Paula Muhr‘s Absence project juxtaposes old photographs of her mother with current-day versions recreating the originals. The passage of time has given past locations and situations a different context, but according to Muhr, the meaning of such private snapshots is impossible to pin down, even with her own mom acting as a guide: “[It] remains evasive even when the memory of the experience they document is still alive. As objects of intense emotional investment they prove to be equally fallible as our own memory.”
Looking at the intimate images makes us nostalgic for a family history that we know nothing about. View more from the series after the jump.
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