Elinor Carucci lives an examined life. As a teenager in Israel, she began photographing her mother, father and grandparents with intimacy and openness about the human body that reflects the culture in which she was raised. In the years that followed, she documented milestones along the way: immigrating to New York in her 20s and working as a belly dancer; her visceral connection to her children when she became a mother in her 30s; a crisis in her marriage. Her most recent book, Midlife, examines her transforming body and evolving relationships with her husband and her twins, now teenagers themselves.
In Carucci’s photographs, she and close family members connect with and circle each other as though in a dance. In the short film Survival Mode, made during the initial Covid-19 lockdown in New York, Carucci reveals the stress of living in New York under siege, but also exposes how skillfully she choreographs her work to create images that appear spontaneous.