Lasting power of a photograph

The new year started out great as I received a fan letter from someone who has collected my photography. The timing of the letter was perfect as I am visiting my family so all three of my grandparent’s children were in the room to hear a reading of the letter. I gotta say I teared up reading the beautiful sentiments! I asked the sender for permission to share the letter and he said yes so here is the note!

Here is the image that was first published as a two page spread in Life Magazine.

Dear Ms. Pickett –

Around 20 years ago, after seeing it in an issue of Life Magazine, I contacted you and purchased a print of your famous photograph (later to appear in your wonderful book, Love in the 90s). I presented it to my soon-to-be wife, and it has held a prominent place in our lives ever since – moving with us from Amherst, MA to our retirement home in Sarasota, FL.

I’m writing to tell you that for all these years your photograph has been of unparalleled importance to us. We have clocked countless hours contemplating it for its sheer beauty, for its its lessons on the narrative power of light, texture and composition – and for its near-totemic value as a testament to love, both in its subject and in the relationship of subject and artist.

I hope this note finds you well, that the year has been a good one for you, and that the new year brings you joy and continued productivity in your work.

My very best,
Julian Olf

Here is the cover for my award winning book Love in the 90s which is still available on Amazon in the out of print section.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.