Photographer Interviews

Two-Minute Interview: Maggie Steber on Making a Life-Changing Portrait of Her Mother

October 7, 2015

By David Walker

©Maggie Steber

 Madje Steber, 2007.

In 2003, Maggie Steber began photographing her mother’s slide into dementia not as a documentary photographer but as a daughter “trying to hold onto some memories.”  By the time her mother died in 2009, Steber was in documentary mode. Her perspective and intentions changed abruptly in 2007, when she took the studio portrait shown here, she says. The photograph became...

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