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Thomas Holton May 29, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Gladys, Disney Cruise, 2008

Thomas Holton is a 2005 graduate from MFA photography program at the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited widely, including the New York Public Library, The Houston Center of Photography and the Griffin Museum of Photography. In 2005 Holton was one of 24 photographers selected for the Art + Commerce Festival for Emerging Photographers and in 2006 was one of American Photo Magazine’s Ten Best Young Photographers. In 2007 and 2008, “The Lams of Ludlow Street” was part of the New York Public Library’s “Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City” group show as well as featured in The New York Times and Aperture. Holton currently teaches photography at The International Center of Photography and The Trinity School and is represented by The Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City.

About the Photograph:

“In 1973, Gladys accepted a job as a math teacher at the Gelinas Junior High School on Long Island.  Growing up in America as part of the “Baby Boomer” generation, Gladys strongly believed in the moral values of The United States and was forever optimistic about her future; a belief held by the majority of Americans in the 1950’s.  Her consistent belief in hard work being ultimately rewarded with the financial security of a state pension and Social Security was the foundation of her 34 years of service at The Gelinas Junior High School. In 2008, Gladys plans to retire and begin the next stage of her life.  However, her unwavering faith has been shaken and optimism tested.  Her upcoming retirement is fundamentally different than what she first imagined and ideally planned for. A single mother of two adult children, she lives alone in her American “Dream House” on Long Island with concerns about the rising cost of living in America today; a bittersweet reminder of how life can never be neatly scripted.”


1. vanderleun - May 29, 2009

Oh, puhleaze. Teachers with more than 30 years service have one of the fattest pension deals available. Put the crying towel down. That’s just a load of BS trying to pin some sort of “meaning” to an otherwise fine photograph.

Give it a rest Holton and just do your job.

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