Photo album life and death

Photo Memory: an Album in the Epoch of Photography is a monograph from Aperture, the non-profit agency established in 1952 for showcasing photographic excellence, that since 1960 has been publishing pioneering and eclectic photo albums.

The author Verna Posever Curtis, a curator of photography in the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, reviews the history of photo albums. From the chronicle of an expedition to Alaska to an anonymous family album, the author considers the album’s stylistic features and analyzes their functions – to memorialize, document, cultivate, teach, promote, and share experiences.

The book contains works of famous photographers and filmmakers like Jim Goldberg, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, Leni Riefenstahl and Paolo Ventura. In this era of dematerialization the topic becomes especially urgent: will paper photo albums survive as a genre? Will they become an anachronism against the background of hard disks and internet downloads? Ms. Curtis also offers advice about how to preserve and restore photo albums.

Happy Holidays!


Winter around the World

Every year people from all over the world celebrate winter holidays. They have different traditions, but what binds them together is the customs they observe during the winter solstice. Here are some examples how people from various countries celebrate their winter holidays.

Words about photography

“Watch any mother kneeling beside her toddler, pointing and explaining what they are looking at. Our urge to see, and to connect, starts there.” – William Carter

William Carter, born in 1934 in Los Angeles, is a photographer, writer and part-time jazz musician. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the USA and Europe.


Happy life time - mother with child

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