٠ The repetition & banality of the snapshot vs the originality & singularity of the fine print ٠

This post is made of excerpts from Lynn Berger‘s article “SNAPSHOTS, or: Visual Culture’s Cliché,” published in Photographies Vol. 4, No. 2, September 2011, pp.175–190. Images from unknown authors, from the MOMA online archive.  © Unknown photographer, c.1930 “We use the word “cliché” advisedly. As it happens, the genealogies of the cliché — an “expression or…

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٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

© Gil Pasternak, Esther Pasternak, 1970s. Esther Pasternak collection of family photographs, 1946–99. Description: The defiant lion is a tombstone monument erected in 1932 to commemorate a group of eight Jewish pioneer settlers who, as the Israeli version of the story goes, fell to Arab village militias in the settlement of Tel Hai in 1920…

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٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

Le Fabuleux album d’Amélie Poulain […] The photo-finders will refer to themselves as artists or curators, editors or collectors—often, as an unclassifiable mixture. Depending on their self-described status, the archives of found, anonymous photographs they produce will be labeled works of art, exhibitions, projects, or studies—or something in between. Departing from an understanding of the…

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┐ Five Year Photo Project └

1982 1992 2007 Long before digital cameras and posing memes like planking existed, they were just five guys on a lake with their entire lives stretched out before them. A photo capturing these five friends — John Wardlaw, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney, John Molony and John Dickson — went on to spawn a 30-year-long photo…

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┐ Leigh Ledare └

© Leigh Ledare, Me and mom in photobooth, 2008 © Leigh Ledare, Mom and me in mirror, 2002 “Indeed, Ledare’s work reveals signs that the relationship between mother and son is also one of professional complicity. In an interview printed on the book’s cover, Peterson defines herself as the ‘model’ who is ‘working her butt…

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┐ Nigel Grimmer └

© Nigel Grimmer, Julie, Golders Green,, from the series Roadkill Family Album, 2001 © Nigel Grimmer, Eric, Big Bend, from the series Roadkill Family Album, 2010 “Nigel Grimmer takes the conventions of family album snap photography and gives them a weird twist that is at times amusing and at others faintly unnerving. Here the self-conscious…

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