Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing - James Friedman

I do not remember any kissing between family members as I was growing up.  It wasn't until my mother was hospitalized for eight months, unable to speak, that we began to kiss good-bye before I would depart for the day after visiting her. 

These newly discovered displays of affection were imbued with genuine caring and profound sadness as we both know she had only a short time to live. Our relationship in my mother's final months inspired my photographic project, Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing.
- James Friedman


I like the photography of James Friedman very much, probably because I find an intention in everything he creates. Elliott Erwitt said: “You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”

"A concern with humanity" - I find a lot of that in James Friedmans work.
- Mr Urbano

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All photos © James Friedman


Phil Decker said…
Fantastic photo essay of "tender" moments.
br said…
great work and the title is perfect!!
Wonderful way to feel the feeling of love outside yourself