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I came across this small sepia photo (below) in my father's studio. It is a photograph that my grandfather took and processed during The Great Depression. I instantly felt a poignant connection to a man I had only ever heard about. It struck me that what I thought was the most personal of motifs, had been somehow assimiliated via my paternal ancestory. And so the conversation with artists past and present continues through picture making.

Ancestory by Laura Courtney

Ancestory  1936

sepia tinted photograph

4" x 6"

Exhibition photo Feb 2015 - 'oxide, bluestone & crows' by Laura Courtney

Exhibition photo Feb 2015 - 'oxide, bluestone & crows'  2015

Sydney studio 2013 by Laura Courtney

Sydney studio 2013

Peter Courtney (Olivia and Viola Nazario left of picture) by Laura Courtney

Peter Courtney (Olivia and Viola Nazario left of picture)  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - with Raf Nazario & Jane and Anna Lyttleton by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - with Raf Nazario & Jane and Anna Lyttleton  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - with Raf & Olivia Nazario by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - with Raf & Olivia Nazario  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - w Olivia & Alexandre de Franceschi by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - w Olivia & Alexandre de Franceschi  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - w Viola Nazario by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - w Viola Nazario  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - w Enzo Emiliano Fantastico Nazario by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - w Enzo Emiliano Fantastico Nazario  2011

2011 Exhibition opening - w Stuart Doherty by Laura Courtney

2011 Exhibition opening - w Stuart Doherty  2011

My grandmother - looking fabulous with drink in hand - 1961 by Laura Courtney

My grandmother - looking fabulous with drink in hand - 1961

My grandmother, Aunt & Great Uncle - Dayton Ohio - 1957 by Laura Courtney

My grandmother, Aunt & Great Uncle - Dayton Ohio - 1957

photo

My mother - 1959 by Laura Courtney

My mother - 1959

photo

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