After a long career as an interventional radiologist, Norm Diamond is now a full time fine art photographer based in Texas. He has studied with Debbie Fleming Caffery, Sean Kernan, Keith Carter, Arno Minkkinen, Aline Smithson, Susan Burnstine, and, from 2013 to the present, he has been mentored by Cig Harvey. In addition to his teachers, he attributes much of his success in photography to his experiences as a physician. In May of 2017, Daylight Books published a monograph of his series What Is Left Behind - Stories from Estate Sales. Prints from this series have been shown at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Houston Center for Photography, as well as multiple galleries.
STATEMENT - What Is Left Behind - Stories from Estate Sales
Estate Sales have become a common way for people to dispose of their parents’ possessions after they die or move to assisted living facilities. For over a year I went to several hundred estate sales in Dallas, Texas, where I live. In addition to photographing at the sales themselves, I also bought many inexpensive items that I studied later with better lighting and backgrounds in my home studio.
Several themes have emerged from this work. The stark reality of life’s brevity pervades every estate sale, where children’s toys sit a few feet from wheelchairs. Unique personal possessions tell the often poignant stories of people I never knew and could only wonder about. I also discovered knickknacks that offer fascinating commentaries on the culture and politics of the mid-twentieth century. Every weekend at just about every sale, I saw sadness, irony, history, and humor.
The objects at these sales will find a rebirth of sorts in the homes of their new owners, but also hopefully in these photographs. On a personal note, visiting so many estate sales connected me to my past. I thought of the treasured belongings my parents left for my sister and me. My own mortality came into sharper focus. And I could not help but wonder what my estate sale will look like.
Museums and Permanent Collections
1990’s 165 Jewish Children from This School, Dallas Holocaust Museum, later acquired by
(approx.) Museum of the Shoah, Paris, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
2017 Currents Exhibition, Ogden Mus. Southern Art, New Orleans, Curator: R. McCabe (6 prints)
What Is Left Behind, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX (Solo show)
The Book Exhibition, ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (4 prints + book)
2016 What Is Left Behind, Griffin Mus. Of Phot0graphy; Curator: P. Tognarelli (4 prints)
2015 Keepsakes, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY; Juror: Karen Davis (portfolio showcase -12 prints)
2017 What Is Left Behind — Stories from Estate Sales, Daylight Books, published May, 2017
2018 TPS 27 The International Competition, Dallas, Abilene, Odessa, TX; Juror: Kate Breakey
Still Lifes, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA; Juror: Aline Smithson
2017 The Curated Fridge, Fall 2017 Edition.
35th Juried Member Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography; Juror: Rebecca Senf
Unbound 6, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA; Juror: Gordon Stettinius
Visual Metric, Griffin Mus. Photography, Winchester, MA; Juror: Paula Tognarelli
2016 22nd Juried Exhibition, Griffin Mus. Of Photography; Curator, Eliz. Avedon
Night, Center For Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO; Juror: Sean Corcoran
PhotoNoir, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT; Juror: Aline Smithson
Still Life, donttakepictures.com, (online gallery); Juror: Kat Kiernan
2015 Membership Exhibition, Houston Center For Photography; Juror: Russell Lord
At Home, donttakepictures.com, (online gallery); Juror: Kat Kiernan
Color Show, Black Box Gallery, (online gallery); Juror: Christy Karpinski
Photo of the Day, donttakepictures.com, (online gallery); Juror: Kat Kiernan
2014 Forgotten, ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; Juror: Blue Mitchell
2018 Honorable Mention, TPS 27 International Exhibition
2016 Finalist, Critical Mass Competition, Photolucida
2015 Finalist, Critical Mass Competition, Photolucida
Atlanta Journal Constitution http://www.myajc.com/entertainment/books--literature/coffee-table-books-for-your-holiday-wish-list/8T0yfsSsRObmLgn7xyqnGP/
Madame Figaro. Beau Livre L’homme objets. June 23, 2017 edition/ P. 32.
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/13/physician-turned-photographer-documented-lives-revealed-dallas-estate-sales (also in print)