Alumni News

MMW Scholarship Recipient Makes Directorial Debut

Rachel Seed first came to us in 2006 as a work-study student, and later returned for our Platypus course with Dirck Halstead on a Yarka Vendrinska Scholarship. We were excited to hear that Rachel is now working at the International Center for Photography and is preparing her first documentary, A Photographic Memory, a personal and photo-historical project based on archival film interviews that Rachel's mother conducted with photographic luminaries like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, and Lisette Model in the early 1970s. Not only a fascinating window into the philosophies and motivations of some of photography's most influential artists, the film is also a vehicle for Rachel to learn about her mother, Sheila Turner-Seed, who died not long after the interviews were filmed, when Rachel was just a toddler. Weaving archival footage with Rachel's own contemporary interviews with many of the same artists, A Photographic Memory is a posthumous mother-daughter collaboration fueled by a shared love of photography. Read more about the project's progress at Rachel's A Photographic Memory blog