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"Uncle Charlie"

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Category: Photography

Marc Asnin
United States

Description: Uncle Charlie was my hero, godfather, and a big tough tattooed guy with a gun in Brooklyn in the 60s. Charlie was everything a boy in my world wanted to be. Looking back, I realized it was more my fantasy than reality. When I caught up with him later in life I was shocked to see what condition he was in: my “dark hero” that appeared in front of me was now in an anorexic and catatonic state. Charlie, who was hopelessly immersed in his life “waiting for Godot,” became a twenty-seven year journey. What haunts me is whether these photographs were provoked by my need to figure out what Charlie means to me.


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