your photos capture the very essence of the person. They tell the viewer
what's on the inside of a person, not just the outside. That's how the
viewer learns the truth about the beauty of aging. Your images are moving
and meaningful. I love your photos-I have from the first one I saw so
many years ago.
by Marianne Gontarz York illuminate the reality of aging-people and
issues. That is why ASA has been celebrating her photos and using them
to illustrate our publications since 1983. That was the year that Marianne
won the ASA photo contest with her depiction of an intergenerational
portrait. Since then, her work has graced covers of Generations and
made the case for older people and their families in numerous other
ASA publications, brochures and other materials and on our website,
for members and the public. Marianne is an acclaimed photographer and
a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with older people for
more than thirty-five years. It's an unbeatable combination.
Marianne is a social worker who spends her working days listening to older people and helping them get their needs and concerns met. Marianne is an outstanding photographer. Because Marianne is both a social worker and a skilled photographer, she is able to create incredibly realistic and positive photographs of ordinary people who literally jump off the page. I know that her photographs show more than her expertise as a photographer. It is as if those who are being photographed have given her permission to reveal their inner light. Whether her photos capture the energy of dancing or the energy of dying, the beauty of being old is always present.
I am a textbook author and, as soon as I saw her work, I received permission
to use several of her photographs for the second edition of my text,
Health in the Later Years. In the third edition, we collaborated more
and I used as many of her photos as I could. For the fourth edition,
I am not using any other photographer but Marianne. My students rave
about her photographs. When what I needed wasn't in her portfolio, she
went out and photographed it.
skillful eye illuminates the many ways we all grow older; her photos
don't just show the faces-they tell the stories. The exhibit of her
work at our library was fantastic.
Proust said that "The real voyage of discovery consists in seeing
the world with new eyes." Marianne Gontarz York's photographs give
us all new eyes with which to see the world of aging. What a wonderful
vision she shares with us.
you know I've used your pictures in various editions of my textbook
and I am always so happy whenever I see your work (e.g., in GENERATIONS).
You are truly an extraordinary photographer!
Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University School of Social
Work has utilized Marianne Gontarz York's photographs as part of our
national online training program. Her understanding of older adults
are apparent in the depth and compassion of her images. "