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SNAPSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY: THE LIVES OF IMAGES. Catherine Zuromskis. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2013. 368 pp. with 76 ills. 24 x 19 cm. LC 2012-49422 ISBN 9780262019293 In English.
Publisher's description: In Snapshot Photography, Catherine Zuromskis examines the development of a form of visual expression that is both public and private... Snapshot photographers, she contends, are not so much creating spontaneous records of their lives as they are participating in a prescriptive cultural ritual. A snapshot is not only a record of interpersonal intimacy but also a means of linking private symbols of domestic harmony to public ideas of social conformity. Through a series of case studies, Zuromskis explores the social life of snapshot photography in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century. She examines the treatment of snapshot photography in the 2002 film One Hour Photo and in the television crime drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; the growing interest of collectors and museum curators in "vintage" snapshots; and the "snapshot aesthetic" of Andy Warhol and Nan Goldin. She finds that Warhol's photographs of the Factory community and Goldin's intense and intimate photographs of friends and family use the conventions of the snapshot to celebrate an alternate version of "family values."
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Photography, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155715
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