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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Beauty and Wisdom by Robbie Kaye - Book Review

About The Book:

Robbie Kaye traveled across America to create a delightful and poignant photographic essay of women in their 70s, 80s and 90s at their weekly beauty parlor visits. Her photographs reveal the tenacity, fortitude and resolve of women who embrace the beauty and wisdom afforded by their age, while opening a window on a world that has slowly begun to fade.

Dedicated to challenging the perception of aging and beauty, and featuring a collection of essays by women ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s, Robbie Kaye's new monograph is a tribute to a group who has paved the way for generations to come.

My Thoughts:

"Beauty and Wisdom" is one of the most gorgeous books of photographs I've had the pleasure of reviewing. 

Photographer Robbie Kaye has captured the beauty of the older woman in this collection of fascinating photos, and she has paired these images with essays from a wide selection of women with their thoughts on aging gracefully.

I particularly love what author Beth Hoffman contributed to this lovely book -

"A big part of beauty is attitude with a hefty sprinkling of chutzpah. Add some genuine kindness to the mix and it's intoxicating. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who exudes confidence, has embraced her passion and stitched life experiences - the good and the bad - into a tapestry of wisdom."

This book should be shared with women and girls of all ages. Older women will appreciate the outlook of their peers on the importance of taking care of yourself, younger women will benefit from the wisdom imparted by other women, and young girls can be taught to appreciate the aging process instead of fearing it! 

I highly recommend this book! 

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About The Author:

As a classically trained pianist, Robbie comes to photography looking for visual melodies. Just as music can take you on a journey, make you laugh and cry and touch the deepest part of your soul so can a photograph. She is a storyteller and looks for visual narratives that define a place in time. She is also drawn to finding beauty in unexpected places, hoping to intrigue, inspire, and evoke a reaction from the viewer.

Robbie is a champion of the overlooked and sees her photography as a way to create change, giving exposure to societal issues that need to be addressed. In particular, she is compelled to investigate ideas of aging and wants to celebrate a soon-to-be-lost generation and its rituals and routines before it is too late.

Robbie is influenced by a combination of traditional and contemporary artists, including Georgia O’Keefe and enjoys presenting comparative images of contrast and texture. Road trips across the Southwest have given her a deeper appreciation for the big sky, the open road, and the natural world. However, she is just as intrigued by microscopic worlds closer to home. No matter where she turns her camera, she wants to bring her compassion, humor, and sense of curiosity

Check out her website at www.robbiekaye.com for more information on her work.

My thanks to the author for providing this book for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Beth Hoffman said...

Aren't the photographs wonderful, Sharon? Some of them made me weep. Robbie Kaye is so talented.

And thank you so much for including a quote from my essay, that was a huge surprise!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Loved your essay, Beth! And yes, Robbie's photos are amazing!

Robbie Kaye said...

Thank you Sharon, for your wonderful review of my book. It absolutely fulfilling to hear that these women and their lives have touched your life as they have touched mine. And... I am completely honored to have Beth Hoffman's beautiful and wise words engraved in this book, in this project. Thank you!