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A Possession Obsession | Linda Fairstein

Inspired by the deeper meaning attached to treasured possessions, jewelry designer and portrait photographer Monica Rich Kosann set out to chronicle the stories of such cherished belongings. Spending time with more than sixty-five intriguing personalities, celebrities, and thought leaders resulted in A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish and Why, a stunning photographic collection that transcends materialism and explores the secrets and stories behind beloved personal items.
This reoccurring column is an ongoing passion of Monica's to continue to chronicle people with what they cherish. Each month, a new person will be featured as a glimpse into A Possession Obsession.

Linda Fairstein

How did you come to own your possession?
I'm close to a hoarder when it comes to family photographs, especially those that take my most beloved relatives back to childhood. I can stare at them for hours, imagining what their lives were like when the pictures were taken. As far as physical objects go, I have a real obsession for writing instruments - especially Montblanc fountain pens - which i have collected on all my favorite travels.

How do you live with your heirloom?
I have photographs on tabletops and dressers and desks wherever I happen to be. Some are favorites and ever-present, and occasionally I open a drawer or get a letter from a friend and unearth a new treasure that becomes part of the rotation.

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
My mother had an enormous influence on my style and taste, from the earliest points in my life until her death at the age of eighty-eight. She was a beautiful woman - quite practical - and always managed to look chic in the most casual manner. Although her style evolved over the decades, the clean lines she favored are evident in very early photographs. 


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