The Selfless Art Of Caregiving: Annabel Clark's 'Caregivers' Series

A few days before Christmas in 2002, Annabel Clark's mother, actress Lynn Redgrave, was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the pair struggled with the diagnosis, they decided to turn the disease into a photographic journal. Clark's experience inspired her to photograph other caregivers, which resulted in this series. Read the full story here.

  • Eva with her mother, Maggie, Harlem, New York, 2005 In 2000, Eva Welch moved her mother, Maggie, from Alabama into her two-bedroom Harlem apartment, after Maggie could no longer live independently. A senior citizen herself, Eva always knew that there would come a point when she could no longer care for her mother at home. Last year, Eva, 78, moved Maggie, 98, into a nearby nursing facility.
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    Eva with her mother, Maggie, Harlem, New York, 2005 In 2000, Eva Welch moved her mother, Maggie, from Alabama into her two-bedroom Harlem apartment, after Maggie could no longer live independently. A senior citizen herself, Eva always knew that there would come a point when she could no longer care for her mother at home. Last year, Eva, 78, moved Maggie, 98, into a nearby nursing facility.
    Annabel Clark
  • Ellen with her mother, Herta, Topanga, California, 2005During Herta's final years  with Alzheimer's, Ellen and her sister Mallora shared the role of caregiver. While Herta lived with Mallora, Ellen would take their mother to appointments, such as this trip to the dentist.
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    Ellen with her mother, Herta, Topanga, California, 2005During Herta's final years with Alzheimer's, Ellen and her sister Mallora shared the role of caregiver. While Herta lived with Mallora, Ellen would take their mother to appointments, such as this trip to the dentist.
    Annabel Clark
  • Linda with her father, Edward, Lower East Side, New York, 2004Linda was raised by her mother in Detroit and occasionally visited her father, Edward, during summer breaks, in New York. As an adult, Linda felt compelled to move in with her father, and she took care of him for the last 10 years of his life.
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    Linda with her father, Edward, Lower East Side, New York, 2004Linda was raised by her mother in Detroit and occasionally visited her father, Edward, during summer breaks, in New York. As an adult, Linda felt compelled to move in with her father, and she took care of him for the last 10 years of his life.
    Annabel Clark
  • Robert with his grandmother, Janice, Upper West Side, New York, 2005After her Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2002, Janice's family did not want her to live alone, but they also did not want her to move out of the apartment she had lived in for over 50 years. Her 21-year-old grandson, Robert, moved in with her and was able to balance his role as caregiver while attending college. Janice died in...
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    Robert with his grandmother, Janice, Upper West Side, New York, 2005After her Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2002, Janice's family did not want her to live alone, but they also did not want her to move out of the apartment she had lived in for over 50 years. Her 21-year-old grandson, Robert, moved in with her and was able to balance his role as caregiver while attending college. Janice died in 2007. Before her death, she attended Robert's wedding ceremony in their apartment, where he and his wife now live.
    Annabel Clark
  • Aurelia with her mother, Susan, Brooklyn, New York, 2005Susan lived her entire life in the projects of Brooklyn. She received hospice care at home during her final years with lung cancer. Her daughter Aurelia lived nearby but spent many nights in her mother's apartment managing her care.
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    Aurelia with her mother, Susan, Brooklyn, New York, 2005Susan lived her entire life in the projects of Brooklyn. She received hospice care at home during her final years with lung cancer. Her daughter Aurelia lived nearby but spent many nights in her mother's apartment managing her care.
    Annabel Clark
  • Karol and Jesenia with their mother, Maria, Queens, New York, 2004Sisters Karol (center) and Jesenia (right) shared the responsibility of taking care of their mother, Maria, after she was diagnosed with liver cancer. They started receiving hospice care at home and soon after moved a hospital bed into the main bedroom, where the sisters would take turns sleeping next to their mother's bed.
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    Karol and Jesenia with their mother, Maria, Queens, New York, 2004Sisters Karol (center) and Jesenia (right) shared the responsibility of taking care of their mother, Maria, after she was diagnosed with liver cancer. They started receiving hospice care at home and soon after moved a hospital bed into the main bedroom, where the sisters would take turns sleeping next to their mother's bed.
    Annabel Clark
  • Estela massaging her son Pedro's hand, Miami, Florida, 2005Pedro visited his mother, Estela, 89, several times a week at an assisted-living facility near his house. While she was unable to speak due to Parkinson's disease, she still responded well to touch. After massaging her hands with lotion, Pedro jumped on her bed and exclaimed "My turn!"
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    Estela massaging her son Pedro's hand, Miami, Florida, 2005Pedro visited his mother, Estela, 89, several times a week at an assisted-living facility near his house. While she was unable to speak due to Parkinson's disease, she still responded well to touch. After massaging her hands with lotion, Pedro jumped on her bed and exclaimed "My turn!"
    Annabel Clark
  • Marie's walker, Long Island, New York, 2005The paraphernalia of aging fills the house of Marie and her daughter Marietta.
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    Marie's walker, Long Island, New York, 2005The paraphernalia of aging fills the house of Marie and her daughter Marietta.
    Annabel Clark

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