Elinor Carucci – Closer

© Elinor Carucci

My mother was the first person I ever photographed and I still take pictures of her obsessively. I started portraying her when I was fifteen, using my father’s old Canon camera. Gradually, in concentric circles, the subjects of my work expanded. From my mother to my father and brother, to the extended family, until, in recent years, the center shifted, at least partially, to my husband, Eran.

The camera was, in this sense, both a way to get close, and to break free. It was a testimony to independence as well as a new way to relate. A boundary, a distance, as well as the documentation of closeness. I could see my mother, my husband, my father, at once in a detached and a related way.

I can only say something universal about intimacy through actual intimacy. Mine. The actual real relationships I have with specific people. With these people that I love. The deepest I can reach is within what is most familiar and close.


Elinor Carucci moved from her native Jerusalem, Israel to New York in 1995, the same year she graduated from Bezalel Academy with a degree in Photography. Since then she translated her passion for portraying her personal life into a dozens of solo and group exhibitions. Her defining project Closer was first published in 2002 as a monograph book, sold out, and is available in the second edition now. Elinor is a faculty member in the department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and still follows her family life with a camera.

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