Autism in Pictures – The Work of Timothy Archibald
Photography is so much more than gear and software and marketing. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be a photographer. In Timothy Archibald‘s case, photography was a way of connecting with his autistic son, Eli. Archibald says, “People jump to all sorts of desperate measures to feel like they’re doing something— a diet, a new medication, a special doctor…and this helped me feel like I was doing something.…We got to work as equals on something.”
It’s a moving set of images that feel extremely intimate, genuine, and also quite melancholy. As I pored over these images, I kept remembering the words of Steichen: “Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”
In 2010, these images were published in book form. If you’re interested in buying the book, entitled “ECHOLILIA / Sometimes I Wonder,” just click right here.