Autism in Pictures - The Work of Timothy Archibald

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.

Via: NPR's The Picture Show

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Your love for your son is evident.  I have so many worries for my son when he becomes an adult.  I wonder if I will be able to protect him and who will care for him when I'm gone?  Sometimes I wish I could have contact with someone who has an older child with ASD and who has already been through where we are.  My son is 3, has been non-verbal until recently, and is beginning to have some echolalic speech.  He can repeat a word in order to get something that he wants.  He understands what he sees, but not anything we say to him.  Believe it or not, he IS intelligent, just in a different way.  I feel exactly the same, that my son is my angel, a gift from God.  He is my angel with autism. 

Timothy, your photo's of your son are Astounding, I am a 42 yr old mother of a 5 year old beautiful son who was diagnosed with severe Autism as he is non verbal. I feel very lucky as he is extremely happy, understands everything that is spoken to him & is also very affectionate towards every1 he knows. Due to him being non verbal, I have taught him that when he wants to show me that he love's me ( or any1 else ), he will kiss each cheek, then kiss my nose & then kiss my forehead. We as parents of Autistic Children have truly been blessed with the best of children. They are our children to teach the world that we as humans will always see th world differently, especially through their eyes.....Thank You Timothy for sharing your photo's with us, & Thank You to all of you in this world who take time to become educated about Autism & not judge us or our children..

wow. a great post. thanks.

Absolutely beautiful how your camra was able to show the love and pride you have and are sharing with us and the rest of the world. The knowledge you are giving the world through your pictures is a priceless treasure only someone touched by these amazing children can do.

I have pictures of my 30 year old son with autism through the years and many of them are very reminscent of this collection.  Very lovely and evocative.

These images are amazing and full of truth. They give hope and meaning to parents everywhere that can relate to this disorder and that live with autism every day.