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Beck as she was
Beck just before her death
“The photos are not about smearing a single institution or a single person – it’s about increasing awareness to prevent these things from continuing to happen.
-- Gordon Baer,
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2003) -- It is obvious from the pictures that will go on exhibit starting Nov. 12 in the Rasdall Gallery in the University of Kentucky Student Center that professional photographer Gordon Baer loved his Aunt Beck.
It is equally obvious from the display that Baer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was appalled at how his aunt’s condition deteriorated during her last days in a Louisville nursing home.
Beck’s last name and the nursing home in which she died are not named.
“The photos are not about smearing a single institution or a single person – it’s about increasing awareness to prevent these things from continuing to happen,” Baer said.
Among the dramatic photographs are pictures of Beck when she was a vibrant and active 94-year-old before being placed in a nursing home and then pictures of her in the nursing home hospital bed as she deteriorated.
“Beck: End of Life Photographs by Gordon Baer” will remain on exhibit through Dec. 12. The exhibit and other activities during the month are designed to inspire interest in improving nursing home care in Kentucky and elsewhere.
From 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11, the day before the heart-wrenching exhibit opens at UK, a symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the UK Student Center’s Center Theatre. The symposium is titled “Compassionate Care: How Nursing Home Staff and Families Can Work Together.” A reception honoring Baer will be held in the theater at 4 p.m. that day.
For more information about Gordon Baer, go to www.gbphoto.com/beck/. For more information about the exhibit, contact Baer at (513) 381-4466.