Portraits of Aging and The Art of Care

This project developed out of Friedman’s observations on her own parents’ aging and their reliance on caregivers. The pairs of caregivers and clients she photographs are true companions, with the caregiver providing physical and emotional nurturing that goes beyond the dictates of the job. Friedman’s portraits reflect the emotional complexity of these relationships: great tenderness, mixed with frustration and disappointment on both sides as the caregiver works to make their client’s life manageable and joyful.