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Sage Sohier's work on view at the Fitchberg Art Museum

Sage Sohier, Mum in her bathtub, Washington D.C., 2002

Photographers David Hilliard and Sage Sohier have each documented a parent over the course of decades. Since the 1990s, Hilliard has intermittently photographed his father, addressing intimacy, aging, father-son bonds, and masculinity. Sohier’s series Witness to Beauty documents her former fashion model mother, first in the 1990s, and then from the early 2000s to 2014. This body of work explores changing ideas of beauty and femininity across generations, maternal bonds, and self. Together these images tell stories of the physical and emotional transformations of the subjects and each artist’s parental ties.