We were doing a story on a new program that tried to get prostitutes off the streets and I had spent days and days trying to photograph these women, finally on a rainy day they agreed because of the umbrellas. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

We were doing a story on a new program that tried to get prostitutes off the streets and I had spent days and days trying to photograph these women, finally on a rainy day they agreed because of the umbrellas. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

 It is those little moments that I cherish, like a trip to the dentist with these kids from Chernobyl visiting the U.S. with a suburban Virginia family. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

It is those little moments that I cherish, like a trip to the dentist with these kids from Chernobyl visiting the U.S. with a suburban Virginia family. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

 This was not a lesbian wedding, but two sisters having a double wedding. Before the ceremony they went to visit their grandma in a nursing home. It was kinda like an inspection. I like capturing these moments in life. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

This was not a lesbian wedding, but two sisters having a double wedding. Before the ceremony they went to visit their grandma in a nursing home. It was kinda like an inspection. I like capturing these moments in life. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

 We often had to shoot quick portrait in hotel rooms of visiting authors on book tours. This is simply window light and incredible eyebrows on Norman Mailer's face. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

We often had to shoot quick portrait in hotel rooms of visiting authors on book tours. This is simply window light and incredible eyebrows on Norman Mailer's face. © Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post

  FAMILY: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America:  Cowboy T. J. Smith from Okalhoma was photographed on the gay rodeo circuit in 1993.  People used to look at his picture and question, "He's gay????" © Nancy Andrews

FAMILY: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America: Cowboy T. J. Smith from Okalhoma was photographed on the gay rodeo circuit in 1993.  People used to look at his picture and question, "He's gay????" © Nancy Andrews

  FAMILY: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America:  The Washington Post was really great to me, very supportive of my book. When I had out-of-town assignments, I'd tack on a few days and work on my book when I could. So, I was in Maine for another shoot, and found Mary Courtland. She'd been kicked out of the convent for kissing another nun, and now was 89, living alone. Here's she's waiting for one of her young lesbian friends to take her to the store. © Nancy Andrews 

FAMILY: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America: The Washington Post was really great to me, very supportive of my book. When I had out-of-town assignments, I'd tack on a few days and work on my book when I could. So, I was in Maine for another shoot, and found Mary Courtland. She'd been kicked out of the convent for kissing another nun, and now was 89, living alone. Here's she's waiting for one of her young lesbian friends to take her to the store. © Nancy Andrews 

  Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal:  Cary Smith Henderson . People with Alzheimer's do actually think -- they may not think the same sort of things that normal people thing, but they do think. They wonder how things happen, why things happen the way they are, and it's a mystery.  © Nancy Andrews

Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal: Cary Smith Henderson. People with Alzheimer's do actually think -- they may not think the same sort of things that normal people thing, but they do think. They wonder how things happen, why things happen the way they are, and it's a mystery. © Nancy Andrews

  Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal:  Cary Smith Henderson and his grandson Eli.  "I'd like a larger world than I have right now... I would love to see some people with Alzheimer's not trying to stay in the shadows all the time but say, "Damn it, we're people too."  © Nancy Andrews

Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal: Cary Smith Henderson and his grandson Eli. "I'd like a larger world than I have right now... I would love to see some people with Alzheimer's not trying to stay in the shadows all the time but say, "Damn it, we're people too." © Nancy Andrews

 Mom always had a tissue, or a paper towel. But, it was never a full paper towel. That would be too wasteful for her Depression era upbringing. She'd tear the towel into sections and use each separately. Mom died May 3, 2014. And, since this articile is also so much about my work, I've got to say the Detroit Free Press was wonderful, giving me time to work from Virginia when I could so I could better take care of mom.  And, while we  talk of what's important, helping mom live her last time as she wanted to live and die like she wanted to die, at home with no tubes, that's the most important thing I've ever done. © Nancy Andrews   

Mom always had a tissue, or a paper towel. But, it was never a full paper towel. That would be too wasteful for her Depression era upbringing. She'd tear the towel into sections and use each separately. Mom died May 3, 2014. And, since this articile is also so much about my work, I've got to say the Detroit Free Press was wonderful, giving me time to work from Virginia when I could so I could better take care of mom.  And, while we  talk of what's important, helping mom live her last time as she wanted to live and die like she wanted to die, at home with no tubes, that's the most important thing I've ever done. © Nancy Andrews

 

 I think the world's fascination, even my fascination with decay - is that it is really unfathomable on such a big scale of abandonment and decline. What does it say about us, our society, our future. But, by the grace of whoever -- this could be me, my fortune or your fortune. This image was made in 2014 and shows the teardown of the abandoned Brewster Projects. © Nancy Andrews

I think the world's fascination, even my fascination with decay - is that it is really unfathomable on such a big scale of abandonment and decline. What does it say about us, our society, our future. But, by the grace of whoever -- this could be me, my fortune or your fortune. This image was made in 2014 and shows the teardown of the abandoned Brewster Projects. © Nancy Andrews

 The scene at The Heidelberg Project, an art installation by Tyree Guyton, several of the buildings he has decorated have been burned down by an arsonist. © Nancy Andrews

The scene at The Heidelberg Project, an art installation by Tyree Guyton, several of the buildings he has decorated have been burned down by an arsonist. © Nancy Andrews

 Brittin Richter, producer of "N’kisi Concorde," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

Brittin Richter, producer of "N’kisi Concorde," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

 House of Phobia, featured in "Haunters," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

House of Phobia, featured in "Haunters," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

 Anthony Morrison, director of "Haunters," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

Anthony Morrison, director of "Haunters," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

 Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver, founder and director, The Hallelujah Singers, featured in "Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style," Freep Film Festival.  © Nancy Andrews

Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver, founder and director, The Hallelujah Singers, featured in "Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style," Freep Film Festival.  © Nancy Andrews

 The Hallelujah Singers, featured in "Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews

The Hallelujah Singers, featured in "Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style," Freep Film Festival. © Nancy Andrews