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My Grandmother’s Polaroids

The Silas Finch Foundation, a terrific non-profit arts organization founded in February 2009 and based in New York is the brainchild of Kevin Messina. The foundation works collaboratively with artists to produce, publish and promote ambitious photographic projects. They also work to develop and support new platforms for the publication and distribution of photographic art in the 21st century. The Foundation has produced a number of monographs from significant image makers, and is looking to do more.

The Silas Finch Foundation has creatied a fundrasing book project, My Grandmother’s Polaroids, published to mark the 100th birthday of Silas E. Finch. My Grandmother’s Polaroids presents 25 found photographs from the estate of Dorothy and Raymond Bradley of Saxtons River, Vermont. “Si” Finch lived with four generations of the Bradley family from the time he was eleven years old.

The photographs, all of which were taken in the mid-1980’s, offer a glimpse into the isolation – and quiet beauty – of their day-to-day life between family gatherings and visits from children and grandchildren. This limited edition of 50 numbered books is sewn by hand, and cased in a cloth-wrapped hardcover with tipped-in original polaroid, making each book unique.
The books are being offered for a minimum donation of $55 during this special promotion.

You can also select the cover of your choice. The book itself will be as beautiful and cared for as its contents, thanks in large part to the efforts of esteemed bookmaking artist Rory Sparks. Each book is entirely bound by hand, and as part of this very limited edition, an original polaroid will be tipped-in to the front, creating 50 unique covers. Half of the available books have already been sold, so don’t wait!

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