Unburying My Father
Zander will present on the creative and emotional process of unburying his father’s entire photography collection, learning about and telling the intimate details of his father’s life, confronting his own grief, and the healing power of creative and vulnerable storytelling. Zander’s father, Randy had hemophilia and was affected by the tainted blood tragedy in the early 1980s in the United States. Zander tragically lost his father to AIDS on January 6, 2000. His presentation is meant to encourage people in the hemophilia community to find ways to share their own stories, as a means to connect to others, and themselves.
Zander Masser is the son of Randy Jay Masser. Randy had hemophilia and was affected by the tainted blood tragedy in the early 1980s in the United States. Zander tragically lost his father to AIDS on January 6, 2000, when Randy was fifty-two and Zander was fourteen. Randy was a career photographer. Over twenty years after his death, Zander unburied his father’s entire photography collection. This prompted him to dig deeper into his father’s story, as well as his own experience of living through loss. Zander has turned this transformative experience into a narrative photography book titled “Unburying my Father.” He used a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete and self-publish the book. He hopes that his book – while a deeply personal work – will serve as a tool for preserving and honoring the memory of the thousands of victims of the tainted blood tragedy. He also hopes that it will help others confront, process and create meaning in their own grief. Randy Masser was a board member of the Hemophilia Association of New York for over 20 years. Zander is continuing his father’s advocacy work through creative and vulnerable storytelling. He is honored to be considered a member of the hemophilia community. If you would like to know more about his project, you can check out his kickstarter here.