A lesser documented performance by Carolee Schneeman called A Handbook of Physical Aggression for Couples (1971-72), made in collaboration with her partner of the time Anthony McCall, explores the negative side of domestic co-habitation via a therapeutic approach. Expressed in a photographic series of collage gelatin silver prints, presented in book form, Schneeman demonstrated physical interactions between a couple that could release and heal feelings of repression.
an integral, vital love relationship can accommodate expressions of anger, boredom, hysteria, sexual tension, repressed aggressivity, irritability, nagging, hopelessness, and depression.
Julie (1994) is part of a small photographed portrait series by Rineke Dijkstra. This image was taken just one hour after the model had given birth. Inspired by witnessing a friend giving birth, Dijkstra decided to make these portraits of new mothers, in varied proximity (one hour, one day, one week).
London based photographer Jenny Lewis has also produced a post-childbirth portrait series called One Day Young, capturing mother and baby at home within the first 24 hours of their relationship. The images, taken over the span of five years in East London, present a rich and intimate view of maternal expressions which are otherwise experienced out of public view.