I know a lot of regular readers here at SU have grown up with Saabs in the family. Some of you have been driving them for 30+ years yourselves whilst some of our younger readers may have had the love of Saabs handed down from your parents.
Harry Wilks is a fine art photographer who’s typically better known for his photos of New York architecture than he is for automotive or portaiture work. He’s participating in an exhibition in New York this month, however, where those two styles combine for a family timeline spanning some 24 years.
The exhibition – Ordinary Things, When artists make their private life public – began on November 13 at Carrie Haddad Photographs, in Hudson, NY.
The first photograph in the set was taken the same year that Wilks’ son was born. The photo featured Wilks’ wife, Tamar Zinn, and their infant son posing in front of the family Saab 900.
What comes thereafter are 23 more photos – mother, son and Saab – in the same location year after year. The mother ages just a little as the son grows into a young man. The Saabs maintain a constant presence, even if they change over the years as well. The original Saab 900 is replaced with another 900 and then a Saab 9-5, all three in black.
It’s a beautiful set of portraits and all the better for us that the collection features three very elegant Saabs.
If you’re in the area and looking for a weekend drive over the next few weeks, the exhibition is on at:
Carrie Haddad Photographs
318 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534
The rest of you will have to make do looking at the collection online.