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Along Abbey Road | A Lifestyle And Family Blog : A Priceless Family Heirloom Of Sorts


A Priceless Family Heirloom Of Sorts

Top to bottom: 1. Ashley (dad). 2. Ashley (dad). 3. Leon & Jon (uncles). 4. Bessie (grandma). 5. Howard (grandpa).
"Three Mormon Towns" Photographic essay. Dorothea Lange. 1953. Photonegatives via OAC .
About one year ago, Brigham Young University showcased Dorothea Lange's "Three Mormon Towns" exhibit. My grandmother's photograph shown above was featured in the 1953 LIFE magazine Dorothea Lange feature and found its way back to the public 58 years later at the BYU exhibit. My dad excitedly shared this wonderful bit of rich family history with me, and my mouth pretty much smacked into the ground when I found all of the "Bishop Fish Family" photonegatives from her photographic essay journey. The five above are just a few from many of a priceless family heirloom of sorts.

It's remarkable to see such candid, honest photographs of my father's childhood -- captured by the legendary Dorothea Lange no less. The images were taken in Toquerville, a small southern Utah town. My dad was 7 years old. They lived so humbly and beautifully. By today's standards, the rural and raw lifestyle of my dad's youth is a design aesthetic highly sought after, but at the time they were just living simply. It was this simplicity that I believe caught the eye of a master like Lange.

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At June 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Brady and Brittany said...

Love those pictures!

At June 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

these are just beautiful.

At June 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Jan said...

These are pretty awesome :)

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At June 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Jolie Baby said...

Wow! That's Awesome!!

At June 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Emma Frances said...

That is so cool! :] I love these pictures!

At June 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

That is amazing! What a lovely keepsake to have :)

At June 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Alexandrа said...

Great pictures!!!

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At June 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM , Blogger the creation of beauty is art. said...

That is so wonderful! What amazing photos!

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