Fotomonday: Indoor Voices by Hannah Altman

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.

Passover (Home Ritual), 2018

Indoor Voices is an ongoing photo series documenting the relationship between my mother and me. The work is a collaborative discourse that discusses intergenerational womanhood, through the exploration of familial and female oriented complexities. Since its conception in 2015, explorations of body, vulnerability, uncertainty, and responsibility are explored in these works in an effort to photograph a comprehensive scope of intimacy, creating a testimony to our relationship and making our experiences as Jewish women visible.

Through this work we navigate our perception of ourselves and the life that happens outside of the frame as we age and solidify our identities as mothers, as daughters, as women responsible for themselves. It is impossible to make work about female and Jewish life without also thinking about the historic societal dismissal and lack of representation of these viewpoints, and utilizing that erasure as a driving motive to make the work. Through these portraits, we are making our existence visible and giving ourselves a platform through which we can vocalize our experiences. With this work, we are building a testimony to the mundane, to the transformative, to our lives.

Balancing Lemons, 2018

Jews in a Field of Crosses, 2018

Down the Shore, 2017

Scale, 2016

Grandma’s Bathroom, 2016

Misplaced Couch, 2015

Thanksgiving, 2016

Getting Dark, 2016

In Her Childhood Home While Her Mother Lay Dying, 2017

In Her Childhood Home After Her Mother’s Tombstone Unveiling, 2018

Getting Yourself Together, 2018


Hannah Altman (b. 1995) is a Jewish-American artist working in Richmond, VA. Her interdisciplinary practice explores interiority, femininity, and the tools that perpetuate them using photographic based media. Her work navigates the relationships between body, environment, material, and perception.

Altman’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. She has had solo exhibitions with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Junior High in Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been published in a multitude of digital platforms, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Vanity Fair, and Buzzfeed. Her work has been printed in numerous anthologies, including Australian Fashion Industry Broadcast’s Masters of Photography and Italian Loredana De Pace’s All For a Reason: Ten Reflections on Photography. 

She is an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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All images and text © Hannah Altman