Speaking to news.com.au, Ms Lewkowicz said Maggie is now in a new relationship and moved to Alaska to start a new life, before moving back to Ohio, where she lives now.
“We try to talk fairly regularly, but she has another baby now and she’s going to college. She doesn’t want to just be known as an abuse survivor,” she said.
It’s a positive end to an abusive relationship which we don’t often hear about.
Despite this, the Time magazine article earned Ms Lewkowicz both praise and criticism. Some argued she started a brutally honest conversation about the reality of domestic violence. Others said she was capitalising on someone else’s misery for her own artistic benefit.
The questions came thick and fast — “Why didn’t you try to stop him? Why did you just stand there? How did you even end up in that house in the first place?”
Ms Lewkowicz first met the couple at a festival, where she had gone to shoot her first assignment for a photography class. She was struck by the contrast of Shane’s tattoos against Memphis’s beautiful blonde curls and thought it would create an interesting photograph.
They struck up a conversation and Shane revealed that he struggled with drug addiction for most of his life and had been in and out of prison. Ms Lewkowicz asked if she could document the couple and their lives, and they agreed.
“I intended to paint a portrait of the catch-22 of being a released ex-convict: even though they are physically free, the metaphorical prison of stigma doesn’t allow them to truly escape. That story changed dramatically one night,” Ms Lewkowicz wrote in Time.