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Maisie Crow December 9, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.

Tom Rose, Athens, Ohio 2008

Maisie Crow (b. 1982, USA ) is a graduate student in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. In 2009, she won The Ian Parry Scholarship and The Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant. Maisie was also runner-up College Photographer of the Year in 2009. She is featured in the Emerging Talent section of Reportage by Getty Images. She spent the summer of 2009 as the photography intern at The Boston Globe and is currently interning at MediaStorm. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a photographer at the Patuxent Publishing Company in Columbia, Maryland. Maisie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and studied for a semester at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.

About the Photograph:

“I met Tom Rose by chance and asked if I could make his portrait. I arrived at his house the following day. He told me that a few months earlier he had lost Mary, his wife of sixty years. He was having a hard time dealing with his loss, and we spent a lot of time talking about it.  Over the course of the next eight months I continued to visit him and take pictures. He taught me a great deal about life and gave me the opportunity to share his story. This photo was taken during one of his frequent visits to Mary’s grave in Athens, Ohio, about a month after I met him. This was an important photograph because of the inherent difficulties of representing someone who has died. The grave is the most literal visual reference of his loss.”

Editors Note: Take a look at Maisie’s excellent multimedia piece about Tom Rose in A Life Alone.

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