With her first book, 2002’s Closer, Elinor Carucci brought us into her life and took us into her confidence, trusting viewers to understand that a certain amount of nakedness, both physical and emotional, was no big deal in her extended family. . . . She continues that invigorating, illuminating push and pull in her new book, Midlife (Monacelli), combining it with what she describes in the book’s afterword as “a particular, very up-close—almost scientific—way of seeing.” . . . In one of several images that hark back to Closer, the couple lay naked and side-by-side in bed, Elinor in the foreground, Eran peering at us from behind the crook of her neck. But instead of looking away, contented and abstracted, as she did in 1998, Elinor has turned her head to look out at us, too, with an expression that’s older, wiser, and slightly ironic. Life goes on. And on.
—Vince Aletti, Photograph
In Midlife, a deeply personal project spanning a 7-year time scale, Carucci presents her journey through motherhood, marriage, illness, love and ageing. Tracking the day-to-day dynamics of family life and the highs and lows of relationships, the book mixes candid snapshots with surreal and staged scenes. Interspersed with abstract paintings created in blood, Carucci creates a visceral, emotionally charged and startlingly honest document of her experience as a woman living through everyday change.
—Celia Graham-Dixon, LensCulture