Flo Fox is a well-known photographer who began her career as a designer and tailor. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1975 when she returned to her first love -- photography. Over the years, her work has been published in numerous periodicals, shared on televesion, and added to the collections of several museums. Flo's early life was difficult. Flo's father died when she was only two and her mother died when she was 14. Flo then went to live with an aunt. Flo purchased her first camera when she was 26 and soon after had discovered she could make a statement by shooting ordinary street scenes. According to Flo, the only holiday she celebrates is the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, where so many people use the events of the year as inspiration for their costumes. Flo has one son, who, because he is also in the field of photography, is able to help her in many ways. (Summary written by: Nancy Broderick)
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Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document a thematic history through personal recollections. This project will collect stories of people who are living with a disability and the Library will train community members to conduct these interviews. Interviews will be shared in a preservation archive at The Milstein Division and on the New York Public Library website. Public programs will also connect neighborhood residents and project participants.
Visible Lives is a project of Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in Manhattan. A public archive will be kept at this local branch for future generations to listen to and research.