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In a visual journey of poetic images, Torrance York examines how living with Parkinson’s disease has changed her view of the world.

New Release



Published by Kehrer Verlag


Essay by Rebecca Senf, PhD, Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Hardcover 21x24cm, 96 pages, 67 color photographs
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Responses to Semaphore

York’s Semaphore is a glorious testament to the inner strength that comes with accepting life’s obstacles with grace and curiosity. 

- Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author 



In Torrance York's new book, Semaphore, there are two sympathetic movements: inside/out and outside/in. Her book is about life, the environment, and the effects of aging. Torrance's photographs taken in or around her home are intimate and quietly observed. She has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, so this work brings the exterior world together with the interior world of the body and mortality. A major strength of the book is its celebration of awareness.

- Linda Connor, photographer and educator



Semaphore is an evocative book. It’s a singular production all around and a truly beautiful, meditative work. 

- Jennifer A. Watts, Senior Curator, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens


Torrance York’s work brings a strong visual voice to a life-altering diagnosis. She makes her objects speak and opens up new ways of seeing the ordinary in everyday life. Semaphore is an elegantly poetic contemplation on our ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

- Jessica Roscio, Ph.D., Director and Curator, Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University



In addition to her captivating photos, Torrance shows us courage in the face of a life-changing illness.  How does one flourish and thrive after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease?  By finding strength and identity which transcend the physical body. These intimate reflections reckon with disability but ultimately focus on the marvelous beauty within and around us. As a neurologist who studies health and healing, I see growth and purpose in this beautiful work of art. Semaphore represents perseverance and victory, and will serve as an inspiration to many.  

 - Sarah Mulukutla, MD MPH, Mindful Neurology PLLC.  Founder, Section on Neurohealth & Integrative Neurology at the American Academy of Neurology

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