My Father

The Keynote | The Exhibit | The Workshop | The Book

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The story

Randy Masser lived with severe hemophilia B. He contracted HIV from tainted blood products in the early 1980s and died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2000 at the age of 52.

Zander was 14 when his father Randy died. Twenty years later, Zander unburied 10,000 slides from Randy’s career as a professional photographer, which prompted him to dig deeper into his father’s life. What started as a photography project, bloomed into an exploration of living with, and healing from grief.

The Keynote


Listen to Zander share memories and discuss the impact that his father’s silence surrounding his illness had on him, his trauma around losing one parent, and his struggle to connect with the other. 

The Exhibit


Walk through the life and passions of Randy Masser with this debut art exhibit created by Zander. Randy’s original prints will be on full display and his original slides will be presented through a vintage Kodak slide projector.

The Workshop


Get your pencils and paper ready. In this workshop, Zander takes you through his process of using creativity to understand grief as he helps you to reconnect to your past, to your lost loved ones, and to yourself.

“Akin to having a heightened sense of hearing if you are blind, I think that my dad’s observation skills were sharpened by being on the sidelines and watching others move through the world in a way that he was not able to. This translates to the camera lens. I believe that once he picked up a camera, he was naturally skilled at identifying and capturing elements of everyday life in a meaningful and artful way.”

man with camera

The Book

Unburying My Father: The Life and Photography of Randy Masser by Zander Masser will be released for the first time at Symposium 2022 in San Antonio.

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