Christopher and Peter Artinian

25 07 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Christopher Artinian and his son, Peter, at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) convention last month in Crystal City, Virginia. Chris is the CEO and president of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc., and was the keynote speaker during the convention opening session.

The Artinian family is the subject of Sound and Fury, the 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Directed by Josh Aronson, the film tells the story of two brothers: Chris, who was born with hearing, and his older brother Peter, who was born deaf. Both brothers married and both had children who were born deaf. The difficult decision to provide cochlear implants for their children ripped the family apart. Chris and his wife Mari chose to have a cochlear implant for their son while Chris’s brother and his wife Nita, decided they weren’t quite ready for such a medical procedure for their three deaf children. The families finally came full circle and have put the period of “fury” behind them.

Chris and Mari live in Illinois with their five children. He attended Villanova University, and is a longtime supporter of the March of Dimes, Rotary Club and various charities related to children with cochlear implants.

In 2006, Aronson finished Sound and Fury: Six Years Later, a follow-up to Sound and Fury. Click here for an interesting read from pbs.org on director Josh Aronson’s motivation to create Sound and Fury.

Click here to read ‘Sound and Fury Update: A Family Comes Together Again, by Karen Putz, director of Illinois Families for Hands & Voices.

Above, top right: Peter shares his hearing loss experience with Convention attendees. Left: Chris and Pete making their rounds in the exhibit hall at Convention 2011. Below, top photo: Christopher Artinian and his son, Peter. Second photo: HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat, Christopher Artinian, HLAA Board President Pete Fackler, and Peter Artinian

Photos © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.


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25 07 2011
thekingoftexas

Hey, is there anyone you don’t know, haven’t met and haven’t as yet photographed? Well, if there is anyone I imagine you’ll get around to them sooner or later.

Nice portrait photos, subjects nicely framed, blah, blah, blah. Aside from your artistic efforts in photographing people, you have the knack of putting them at ease, except for me, of course—I look like a rabbit in the headlights, not knowing whether to—well, you know the rest of that saying.

Great camera shots and an outstanding narrative. You covered a lot of territory in introducing the folks and capsuling their stories in a limited space.

Muy bien hecho, mija—well done!

25 07 2011
cindydyer

Oh, King, there are SO many people I’ve yet to photograph! (And I hope to be able to someday cross them off my list 😉

Thank you for the glowing comment. And by the way, you DO photograph well, despite your naysaying. Why, look at the avatar photo of you in your favorite straw hat. Need I say more?

16 08 2011
Mari Artinian

Cindy: Your pictures of my son and husband are gorgeous! Thank you !

17 08 2011
cindydyer

Hi Mari! Thank you; I’m glad you liked them. It was a pleasure meeting both of them. Peter is a wonderful young man; I know both of you are so proud of him!

12 06 2013
Don Blanton

Cindy, I just saw the documentary Sound and Fury on Netflix. The movie blew my mind and thanks for your great pictures and links to the follow up. I am so happy that the Artinian family came together and was surprised about how many people received the implants later. Good for them, great to see Peter all grown up, and your pictures really helped to complete the story!

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