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About this Portfolio:
These photos are a meditation on objects left behind after someone dies. Schorr was struck by how a knotted green silk sash on a dress could outlast a woman's life. As she sorted through the belongings of a recently deceased loved one, she photographed. During this time, she met others who were willing to share their connection to “grief objects”. A woman sitting next to Schorr on an airplane admitted that she kept her deceased mother’s bra in a ziplock bag which traveled with her on business trips. A man who owned a vintage shop near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania kept a collection of hats from specific people who had passed on. Schorr revisited research on death and dying. This prompted her to explore the potential of photography as a method for unlocking and documenting individual grieving processes. She began the Bereavement Project, a hospice-based workshop in which individuals experiencing profound loss create a photographic calendar of their grief using the action of taking a photo a day to both document grief and move through it. Schorr detailed the project in a chapter of Mediating and Remediating Death