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Into Oblivion: Documenting the Memory Loss from Alzheimer’s

On her first visit to the French hospital in 2007, photographerMaja Danielsnoticed two elderly residents trying to get her attention through the port-hole-shaped windows of a hallway door. Links backlinks blog comments . The door, she later discovered, was the entrance to a locked Alzheimers ward and the patients who lived there were to become the subjects of a three-year documentary-photography project that recently helped earn Daniels a spot in the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass a mentorship program organized by World Press Photo.

The final collection of photographs of the ward and its residents, titledInto Oblivion,is an effort to convey the daily life and struggles of the French Alzheimers patients, while also bringing up issues surrounding geriatric care.I want to motivate people to think about current care policies and the effects it can have on somebodys life, Daniels said.

Because Alzheimers disease causes memory loss and confusion, Daniels could not get consent directly from the patients she photographed. Instead, she spent nearly two years clearing authorizations with the hospital and the families and legal guardians of the residents. Daniels also had to consider the ethics of documenting subjects who were not able to fully understand what she was doing.I felt very uncomfortable at times, she said. I justified my presence by spending most of the time in the ward with the residents, just like any other volunteer.

Daniels spent many hours just sitting with residents while she tried to find a dignified way to present them and their situation. The end result of these efforts is a collection of simply composed photographs that are both beautiful and heartbreaking.

Chipped and worn from years of escape attempts, the door through which Daniels originally encountered the ward is a central theme in her photographs. Residents are pictured peeking through its glass, rapping on its windowpanes or jiggling its white plastic handle.

Sometimes a resident can remain by the door for hours trying to open it, Daniels explained. It becomes the center of attention by the residents who wonder why it is closed and why they are unable to open it.

After completing the series, Daniels shared her pictures with the French ward’s staff and residents’ families. Shenoted that staff members were surprised by the photographs of the door. They had never contemplated its symbolic value and had just seen it as a necessity, said Daniels. “The images led to important discussions around notions such as care and selfhood.”

Maja Daniels is a London-based photographer. She was recently chosen to participate in the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. See more of her work here.

One Morning at Home with John Irving

Whether on a grand-tour TV show or in an architectural magazine, it’s not too hard to see what a famous person’s house looks like. It’s also, thanks to paparazzi and tabloid photos, easy to see a picture of a famous person. But it’s less easy to capture iconic cultural movers and shakers truly at home—in both senses of the phrase.

That’s what photographer and videographer Shaul Schwarz aims to do with a new series of videos for TIME, debuting today with Schwarz’s visit to the home of author John Irving. “The environment sets you up to meet a person you already know,” says Schwarz.

The photographer asks his subjects what they do when they’re alone at home, really relaxing; for Irving, that question revealed a room devoted to wrestling, the author’s version of what Schwarz calls an “away-from-the-world zone.” Not that it’s automatically easier to access that intimacy when you meet a person in his own space. “Even if you have a new friend and you go to his home,” says Schwarz, “it takes a little bit to break the ice.” But when it does break, the end result is an intimate look at a celebrity, tending more toward a Sunday-morning-coffee-with-a-friend feel than a red carpet one.

“The location is, at the end of the day, some kind of reflection of the person. It’s all a vehicle to show a different look at the person,” says Schwarz. “We all know you can tell a little bit about a person from where he chooses to live.”

Read more about John Irving in this week’s issue of TIME: The Wrestler

Click here to see TIME’s archive stories about John Irving

Shaul Schwarz is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. Schwarz is represented by Reportage/Getty Images.

Rachel Wolf

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Rachel Wolf hails from Anchorage AK, earned her B.A. in Photography Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and now lives in Portland, OR. She has worked with a number of influential artists including Harriet Casdin Silver, a pioneer of holographic art, and Annie Leibovitz. Her unique life history allows for a unique approach to her image making. The work I am featuring is from the project, The 99th Fable, “a larger than life photograpm novella”. I thought it would be important to show process images which certainly enrich the end result. Visit her website to see more, and to see the array of approaches to creating photographic images.

The 99th Fable: There is a feeling of magic, and perhaps a bit of soul within a finished photogram for me. Encompassing the essence of the subject within the variables unique to this application always brings forth in me a wondrous rush. Always an experiment with various shades of multiple lights, their angles and distances between the subject and the substrate… the textures formed from various paper stocks and transparencies….. the natural dances that liquids have with gravity and air when in the process of development……….. Original tale written by David Nielson.

Process Images

The 99th Fable 6ftx4ft photograms

Photographer #262: Sohei Nishino

Sohei Nishino, 1982, Japan, has made 100 thousands of images, yet only has 12 photographs in his portfolio. The way he works only permits him to finish three images in one year. He walks in a city for a month or longer, photographing all the buildings from every possible angle. In the following months he hand prints a selection of several thousand images to piece them all together with scissors and glue to make one single map of that city. It resembles an aerial map. However, the map is not a precise geographic recreation, but shows all the iconic features and landmarks. In the last stage of his work he photographs the end result, creating one image that is full of detail. He used the same technique for two images in color that show an imaginary nightscape and an Island. The following images are from the series Diorama Map and the images Night and i-Land.

Website: www.soheinishino.com