Something of a Luddite, Helfman’s methods are hands-on, analog, and anti-digital wizardry. “Everybody
comments on my lighting, but it’s ultra-simple,” she confesses. “You just take the time and care to get what you
want. I think when you’re looking to get what you want after you shoot that it’s just an odd way to go about it.
I get it all in the capture.”
One of the most striking aspects of the series is the way that the eyes of both faces seem to echo each other.
That link of universal humanity is one of Forefathers loudest whispers. Helfman’s choices on pairing the faces
was intuitive: “I’m self-taught, so with me everything’s a gut thing… I used prints that I already had.”
Maxine Helfman, Thomas Jefferson, 2014, photography/collage