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Mia Grosjean: Printing World History From The Family Album

Originally Posted: November 23, 2007

Christine Bellini

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Photo affectionados turned out in full force for the opening reception to the Grosjean exhibit. Photo by Michael Heller

"When I first opened my Mother's 1937 and 1938 photo albums it only took me several minutes to realize I couldn't just leave these images hidden between the pages," Mia Gorsjean begins her introduction to an unique exhibit of historic photographs depicting her grandfather, Ambassador Joseph Edward Davies' trip from Cherbourg to Moscow aboard The Queen Mary.

"Although they were worn, faded and no more than two by three inches in dimension, I wanted to print them so big that I could walk inside them and hear what people were saying. I wanted to eavesdrop on my Grandfather's and Mother's life," Grosjean continues. "For the most part the images were taken by my mother's sister, Rahel Davies. Mother and Aunt Rahel exchanged photos and all sorts of momentoes over the years... Sadly my Aunt died unexpectedly in 1976, so this is a Valentine to her. She had such a beautiful eye! I am simply the curator and printer."

The exhibit, meant to be viewed like a picture trip to Moscow, takes the onlooker on several different Atlantic crossings of The Queen Mary in the late 1930s. An opening reception celebrating the exhibit will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Sylvester & Co. on Main Street in Sag Harbor. The photographs will remain on display into mid December.

The exhibit will remain on display at Sylvester & Co. in Sag Harbor until mid December

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Guest (Barbara White) from South India says::
Hello Mia, I recently was reminded of you when I had reason to show a friend the photo you took of me and Henry in Santa Fe so many years ago! It was my curly hair that was of interest... I live in the hill station of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India and am near my teacher Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. I remain centered in her work, called the New Way and am very content with my life. Love to hear from you...sounds like Eastern Long Island has claimed you, Barbara
Jul 5, 2010 1:01 am


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