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Photographer captures Witches in America
11-11-2018, 08:28 PM
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Photographer captures Witches in America
BROOKLYN – What if you discovered an ancestor was a judge at the Salem witch trials, and you also found out another ancestor, from the same period of New England history, had been accused of being a witch?

No, it’s not some plot twist devised by the creators of Charmed, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or some other witchy TV series. It’s the true story of photographer Frances F. Denny. That striking discovery sparked her latest photography project, Major Arcana: Witches in America, which is on exhibit through Nov. 24 at ClampArt in New York City. The project also is viewable on her website at

With an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in gender and sexuality studies from the Gallatin School at New York University, Denny was doing research for what would become her first photography book, Let Virtue Be Your Guide. The project explored the women in her family – early settlers of New England – “and the specific sort of femininity they embody,” Denny says. (A male ancestor was a deckhand aboard the Mayflower.)
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