Thicker Than Water

Dick Blau’s Thicker Than Water looks at two families, both his, over the course of some fifty years. The 110 pictures within—of Blau’s three children, the two women who are their mothers, and of the photographer himself—are spontaneous transcriptions of his experience, an ethnography of family life, a phenomenology of domestic emotion, and his part of a discourse: notes to (and about) the people he loves.

“This book is a complex reflection on photography and the place it has in our desires and our lives, especially our home lives. It is also a reflection on family, an attempt to portray the realities of family life, beyond the pieties and idealizations of conventional representation.” 

Margaret Olin, author Touching Photographs