Judy Seigel

Judy Seigel’s daughter Jessica is sharing this obituary with us. Rest in Peace Judy, you will be sorely missed.

Writer and photography / Jessica Seigel

Dear AltPhoto Friends,
The AltPhoto community was a profoundly important part of my mother, Judy Seigel’s life and so it is with warm salutations that I post her obituary here. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s seven years ago, Judy declined in the inevitable way, but kept her wit and edge to the last day with the firebrand spirit of Judy still alive in there. My father, Mort, and I have at times wondered if her prodigious intellect created extra brain cells that helped her do so well under the circumstances—as if she had extra to spare, helping her know us to the end, occasionally delivering the apt remark or quip even when we thought she wasn’t paying attention.

My mother always said she would never leave Morton Street except feet first. On Wednesday, May 14, 2017, she did, after dying quietly at home asleep in her own bed in the Greenwich Village brownstone where she and my father have lived since 1957. I’m feeling sadly joyful for such a peaceful finale to a long, good life and that I was able to help carry her out, indeed, feet first. Please stay tuned for follow up from me on archiving her art work and making available The World Journal of Post-Factory Photography. (We still have copies.) Thank you for so many years of alt.photo comradeship to the inimitable Judy Seigel. It is now that I truly understand what it means to say that life passes, but art lives on.

Hugs and love,
Jessica Seigel

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Judy Seigel, 86, artist, photographer, writer, pioneering woman artist, Pratt Institute photography professor; author of “Mutiny and the Mainstream: Talk that Changed Art” and “Read My T-shirt for President: A History of the Political Front and Back;” publisher of the World Journal of Post-Factory Photography and editor of the Women Artists News; Graduate of Cooper Union and Pratt with MFA. Greenwich Village preservationist and firebrand. Survived by Morton, her loving husband of 65 years; children, Jessica and Jeremy Seigel (Lika); granddaughter, Marina; and brother, Richard Aronson (Barbara Rall).

Jessica Seigel is the daughter of Judy Seigel. She has also written this article about her mother Judy Seigel.

5 thoughts on “Judy Seigel”

  1. Thank you Gordon Cooper for your very kind words and memories about my mother, Judy Seigel. So glad to her of her influence– and we do have copies of World Journal of Postfactory Photography. My father, Judy’s husband, Morton Seigel, recently died, so it is the passing of an era. I will be working more on Judy’s archive, as well as building a website and will very much be seeking out learning more about the flowering of alternative photography. Sending all best, Jessica Seigel

  2. Dear Jessica: Your mother became my at a distance guru in the world of alternative process photography in the early and mid 1990’s. She was unfailingly kind and cheerful with her always good advice. The Journal was an amazing breakthrough, certainly twenty or thirty years ahead of its time in discussion of so many philosophical issues around image, subject, processes, ethics and photographers.

    Gordon Cooper
    Bremerton WA

  3. HI Peter, Happy new year and thank you so much for your very kind thoughts and memories of my mother, Judy SEigel It’s been three years since her death and my new year’s resolution is to get up a website for the Postfactory Journal and especially of her work, hich she did not promote instead focusing on sharing knowledge and building the alt-photo community. Her studio is intact, I have a lot of archiving to do and we have many copies of Postfactory Issues #5 through 9 available for sale. Very Best, Jessica Seigel Postfactoryjournal@gmail.com

  4. Jessica, I met your mother in NYC in the late 90’s and she graciously showed me her home and her studio one afternoon while I was in NYC shooting some street photography. I am very sorry to read of her passing. She was a kind person and wealth of knowledge and an inspiration for any photographer interested in Alt photography. She certainly inspired me. I still own a number of copies of her journal which I found to be a great resource. I am very sorry for your loss. I still think of how kind she was to me, her home on Morton and the images she showed me that day.

    Peter Cane

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