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