The last descendants of a little-known American clan of multiethnic origin
Journalist and Writer Leslie Tucker and photographer Henry Horenstein began working together in 1997, when she invited him to Maryland to shoot a mysterious multiethnic family, the little-known Wesort clan: »We sorts are different from you sorts.« The project started as a genealogical search for a family whose roots stretched back to the founding of the first Catholic colony, it grew into a mystery about the multiethnic origins of America, then became a race against time as the Wesorts and their descendants disappeared and their stories died. While Horenstein photographed the last generation of Proctors and their disappearing world, Tucker recorded the conversations she had with the wise women of the family. A living archive emerges, with voices that portray the complex realities of their lives in their own words, as seen through their eyes.
Shannon Thomas Perich is curator, Photographic History Collection, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She has authored books, curated exhibitions, written blogs, and given lectures that cover the earliest of photography to the most current. She is a history of photography adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art. She and Horenstein have worked in collaboration several times across two decades.