Growing old together
Photographer's show is about love and aging
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For 30 years, Potomac artist Gayle Rothschild photographed her parents, Irving and Jean Misher. Sometimes they posed; other times, Rothschild caught them in the kitchen or at the beach.
The collection is worthy of an exhibition by itself, but Rothschild decided to extend the series to the periods before and after she committed her parents to film. The result, "And She Was," chronicles the life and love of two Jewish immigrants and their 64 years of marriage. Rothschild says that the exhibition has resonated with many visitors. Some say that the Misher house in Far Rockaway, N.Y., resembles their own childhood home.
The show, now on display at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, contains three distinct parts. First, there are the black and white portraits Rothschild took. Then, she scanned old photographs from the 1960s and earlier. Finally, the artist took digital images of artifacts her parents left behind.
A slice of history as much as it is an art show, Rothschild's work is a labor of love that proves couples can age together gracefully and that both film and digital have a place in contemporary photography.
See "And She Was" through Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Call 301-348-3770 or visit www.jccgw.com.