You can't choose your family. Rafael Goldchain chose to become his. His somber self-portraits illustrate and honor his relatives who struggled through and occasionally fled World War-era Europe. In his wonderful new book, I Am My Family, he makes himself the face of a different generation. His physical transformations allow him to recreate and reinvent Goldchains of the past -- and for us to rediscover this part of history though this incredibly personal lens.
I Am My Family by Rafael Goldchain, available Oct. 1 for $40 from Princeton Architectural Press.
(This one looks like an aged Jonathan Ames).
All Photos by Rafael Goldchain