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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875070
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOVE NOT LOST When her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than 11 years ago, photographer Judith Fox used her camera lens to cope. Now she's compiled the pictures into a stunning book, I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer's (powerHouse Books), which tells a heartbreaking love story about a partnership that withstands illness and aging. --Elle Magazine

Chances are you know someone whose family is coping with Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans have it. For the millions who are caregivers, it's normal to feel anger, denial, depression or worse. Many of them probably don't want to be reminded that November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.



But this disease has been in the closet too long, says Southern California photographer Judith Fox, whose new book, I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer's, is an inspiration. She wants to remove the stigma and sense of isolation so many families feel. Just three years into her marriage to Dr. Edmund Ackell, a multi-talented man who was a surgeon, pilot, artist, athlete and university administrator, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For years, Fox had to see the man who'd wielded a scalpel or a basketball with utter confidence forget how to use the coffeemaker or recall what someone just said to him. But instead of falling into despair, Fox decided to capture the still-very-much-intact soul of the man she loves in luminous, funny, charming and heartbreaking photos. It was another way of loving him and touching him, she explains.



Why do family caregivers do what we do? she asks about this devastating disease in the video below. Because it's a privilege to help somebody, she says. We can do no less.



Fox is brave. It took me years to be able to talk or write about the caregiving journey I took with my father during his long illness. And I wish I'd had more practical resources like Leeza's Place, founded by TV celeb Leeza Gibbons during her caregiving experiences with her mom. But I now see how much I learned from that time in my life and how it helped me grow. Fox's beautiful book I Still Do is a powerful reminder that love can endure no matter what. --Ladie's Home Journal

"Modern, chic, just lovely." Rated one of Photo-eye Magazine's best ten photography books of 2009 as selected by Jennifer Thompson, editorial director of Princeton Architectural Press. --Photo-eye Magazine

About the Author

Judith Fox has always had two careers: one as an artist and one as an entrepreneur. After working as a photographer, writer, and business executive in New York, Fox started a service company in Virginia that expanded in size and reputation and was eventually purchased by a New York Stock Exchange firm. After selling her company, she devoted herself full-time to photography. Widely exhibited on both coasts of the United States, Fox’s photography is also in many private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. Fox has been featured in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. Her NPR program, On the Job, ran in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She lives and works in California.

Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator of Photography and former Senior Curator of Photography and Film of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography, and on the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly 80 exhibitions. He is currently completing the book and exhibition, Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty.

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If you have a family member or a dear friend with AD, you MUST have this book.
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Thank you, Judith, for this lovely, magnificent book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Maurice on October 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. A poignant and beautiful portrait of a man with Alzheimer's as seen through the loving lens and words of his wife and carepartner, I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer's puts a human face in front of the statistics, exploring the disease through Fox's intimate photographs and poetic writing. While the details of I Still Do are personal and unique, this deeply candid story of illness, aging, partnership, and loving is universal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader of arts and culture on October 3, 2009
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Photographer/writer Judith Fox uses her art to convey a story of immeasurable love, loss, isolation, and resilience--all profoundly characterized by extraordinary photographs. Not only do her images speak volumes--you can see this by the cover alone! Also, her words, sparse yet lyrical, have the impact of brilliant poetry. This book strikes a chord for the great numbers of us who have dealt directly with the ravages of Alzheimer's, as well as for those who have been touched otherwise. I have viewed a short video by Judith Fox, detailing why she made this book. I highly recommend this for more insights: [...]
This is a piercingly beautiful tribute from a wife/caregiver/partner--truly a gift for all who see, made with rare honesty and candor and even humor, a necessary ingredient that keeps everyone afloat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Braff on October 2, 2009
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I know Judith Fox. We're both photographers and met each other at the Palm Springs Photo Festival a couple years ago when she was presenting this as-yet unfinished book for others to see. What I saw was a masterpiece that would certainly find a publisher and a broad audience because there are so many families who suffer with this inexplicably cruel and bewildering disease who need Judith's counseling. I say "counseling" loosely, because this is not a therapy book, though, in it's very loving and honest portrayal of a magnificent man disappearing from her in the slow and agonizing way that Alzheimer's presents itself, the book is therapeutic. Judith is one of those rare people whose photos and words are equally powerful, and, so, this is an extraordinarily intimate look, through her eyes and heart, of a tragedy that is all too frequent in the lives of families. At the same time, it is a love story, as enriching and satisfying as any other, though one which doesn't end with the perfect retired couple walking a beach at sunset in the Caribbean. I don't know where Judith drew the courage to photograph and write about something so personal and difficult with such clarity and simplicity. What I do know is that her expression is exceptionally beautiful, and this is a book I'll go back to often, not simply because it is beautiful, but also because I draw strength from seeing love survive one of the most harrowing tests of all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on October 9, 2009
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The confusion presented to all caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's disease is every bit as deep as the cloud of confusion the affected one experiences when the journey through the disease begins.
Understanding their pain and denial is difficult at best. Judith's book at once shows you the depth of empathy possible in the caressing and nurturing of your loved one's process. You can feel it in her intimate photography while you sense the mood and the depth of their love for one another in her words. It was a moving, almost spiritual feeling I had as I went through the book. My husband, Hank, has Alzheimer's. Judith's book validates what I believe, that the love deepens in new and wonderfully rewarding ways if you simply allow it to happen. Thank you, Judith, for this lovely, magnificent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Fan on October 3, 2009
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This beautiful book captures the essence of the disease and the love and heartbreak connected to it.
A great addition to my library. Thank you Judith Fox for sharing your story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Borba Von Stauffenberg on October 5, 2009
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There is something incredibly profound about the way Judith Fox fuses her experience and emotions with words and unforgettable images. The layout of the book provides stunning imagery and insight into a disease that affects so many lives. Her love for her husband transcends every page. The pauses created through white space are jarring and allow you to absorb each moment as you experience her story through her lens. A truly brilliant masterpiece. Be sure to bring tissue along for this tearful journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy At Home on October 1, 2009
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"I Still Do" is an emotionally stirring tribute from a wife to her husband, yet it is also a source of inspiration and even humor for everyone who has had their life turned upside down by the devastating disease of Alzheimer's. Rarely (if ever) have photos and text worked so well together to convey a message and share a story. Judith Fox's beautiful book is a must for anyone who has been affected by this terribly cruel disease.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffey Epstein on September 30, 2009
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I Still Do by Judith Fox is a touching and unique book. The author writes with both great compassion and
explores love and the human condition using poetic prose and gorgeous photos. I highly recommend this book to anyone who responds to beautiful writing and wonderful photography. Also would be a great gift.
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