A few years ago, Abby Kraftowitz met Tammy Copeman at an office supply store in Pittsburgh. Kraftowitz was immediately drawn to Copeman’s openness, especially the stories about her mother, Eleanor, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years earlier.
Over the next couple of years, Kraftowitz would take regular trips to West Virginia, often spending weekends with the family and taking photographs documenting their daily routines. She initially had a few ideas of where the project might go, but it quickly became clear that the idea of a “caregiver” would become central to the project.
“I knew it would be about the whole family. Of course it’s about Eleanor but it grew from there, they’re all an extension of each other; they’re all working together.”
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