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Daddy Where are You Hardcover – November 21, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl (November 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 386521309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865213099
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 13.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lee Charles Kelley on July 12, 2007
I've known Tierney Gearon since she was a nineteen-year old girl from Atlanta, studying ballet on scholarship at the University of Utah. And to me, one of the most pleasant things about being around her has always been her unabashed, spontaneous, and at times almost helpless laughter.

The first time we went out (I took her to dinner on her 19th birthday) she told me about her "crazy mother", and how at thirteen she'd been drafted into taking over the role in the family that her mother's absence had left behind. There was no self-pity in her tale. Yes, there was a childish flush of, "Isn't this a weird story? Have you ever met anyone like me? Someone who had a crazy mother?" She even laughed at the absurdity of her position.

I thought it brave, though perhaps a little foolhardy, for her to tell me this so soon after we'd met. And on my way home I reflected on how much more mature and grounded she seemed at nineteen than I was at thirty-one. I also wondered how I would've turned out if my mother had been mentally ill. Would I be so open and able to laugh at my situation? Upon reflection, I decided I wanted to be like her.

In the space of a single evening, Tierney Gearon had become one of my role models.

We've kept in touch over the years, and I had the privilege and pleasure of accompanying her on two trips to visit her mother in upstate New York (not Georgia, as has been incorrectly noted above). The first visit was in 1990, and the second was about three years ago (in 2005) when I tagged along with my dog Freddie (who's mentioned, by the way, in the acknowledgements section of this book).

Tierney seemed tense and agitated for a large part of that first trip, which was a few months before her first gig as a professional photographer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sher-gil on May 20, 2007
Relatively new artist Tierney Gearon became famous for her provocative photographs of her own children, rather like Sally Mann before her. With "Daddy" Gearon demonstrates a greater depth. In upstate New York, she masterfully captures her hippie schizophrenic mother in her various moods: sedate, joyful, depressive, eccentric, spirited, funny,warm, protective and dissociate. Gearon uses surrealistic techniques in some images in order to convey her mother's state of mania and in other images to pose questions about identity. Her surreal photographs are vestiges of black comedy --morbidly funny.

The images are replete with stunning landscapes, which envelop the characters (Mother, grandchildren, and Gearon herself) in lush green rolling hills and tree branches etching out soft-hatched shadows into the light. The landscapes are bound by turquoise drenched skies. In one image of pure beauty, a translucent champagne chiffon nightgown softly shimmers in the light of a window diffused by a sheet. Gearon is working out some of her demons here, as in one picture the pain is palable in her eyes. Ultimately the book is about the forces that pull families together. In a candid image, a naked mother and daughter embrace in mother-daughter moment. The book challenges the view with the title's question, "Daddy, where are you?" And the book answers in a surrealistic fashion, tinged with a tongue in cheek humor. In the second to last image her mother wears red hippie style dress and a Nixon mask. These powerful and poignant images bring Gearon's work to a new level of sophistication.
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