"Jack holding Maneesha"
Photographer: Anne Geddes
Title: “Jack holding Maneesha”
Year: 1993. From Anne: "This image was created in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Auckland, New Zealand and was the very first image I’d created featuring a premature baby. Maneesha had been born early at 27 weeks and was just about to leave hospital after her long stay. In the image she weighs just 2.2lb. The very large hands belonged to a lovely elderly gentleman called Jack, who was a groundsman at a local school. I had been searching for some very large hands that had character and Jack’s fit the bill perfectly. I shot this in a small anteroom adjoining the NICU Unit and at the shoot Maneesha’s mom told me that it was the first time she’d seen her tiny girl free of all medical equipment. I had no idea at the time that this image would resonate around the world - nor was I aware of the rate of prematurity cases worldwide.
Here in the United States, one in 9 pregnancies results in a baby being born too early, which is why I’m a proud Ambassador for March of Dimes, who do incredible research into solving the mystery of why so many babies fail to reach full term. I’ve lost count of the number of times parents have told me how much this image meant to them when they had their own preemie baby in a NICU, by giving them a sense of hope that if Maneesha survived their baby could also do the same".
Note: A “Vintage Print" means that the whole edition of 25 (plus 5 Artist’s Proofs) were printed within 12 months of the image being created.
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