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Epitaph to a Photographer

 

Our World PhotographsOur World
Photographs by Molly Malone Cook
Text by Mary Oliver
Beacon Press. 90 pages, $24.95

 

IN OUR WORLD, Mary Oliver writes of her longtime partner, photographer Molly Malone Cook: “M. had will and wit and probably too much empathy for others; she was quick in speech and she did not suffer fools … you had to be brave to get to know her.” I certainly felt all of those qualities during a brief exchange I had with Cook back in 1997, and this is just one of the wonderfully precise descriptions threaded throughout Our World, a collection of Cook’s striking black-and-white photographs, which Oliver has generously annotated with succinct, insightful memoirs about her late partner, who died in 2005.

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