A Photographic Memory


If you never knew your mother, can you truly know yourself? Filmmaker and photographer Rachel Elizabeth Seed embarks on a quest to gain insight into her mother, who died when she was 18 months old. Her father has always been reticent on the topic, so Seed turns to her mother’s personal belongings. In addition to being a gifted photographer, she discovers that her mother was a skilled interviewer and meticulous archivist: driven by a deep curiosity about other artists, she recorded dozens of in-depth conversations with photography legends like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, and Lisette Model for Images of Man, her groundbreaking audiovisual series. Sheila Turner-Seed also left behind still photographs, films, and journals. As Seed delves into this incredible archive and interviews her mother’s loved ones, collaborators, and subjects, she unearths secrets, truths, and a more meaningful connection to her mother, and the ways her mother’s path continues to shape her own. A Photographic Memory is a poignant reflection on memory, legacy, and mortality. PB

Filmmaker Q&A following screening


Rachel Elizabeth Seed


Rachel Elizabeth Seed, Sigrid Dyekjær, Beth Levison, Matt Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Danielle Varga


Eileen Meyer, Tyler Hubby, Will Garofalo, Christopher Stoudt


Joseph Michael Lopez, Rachel Elizabeth Seed

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United States

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87 minutes