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History of Photography

Since the invention of photography, ordinary images have had a profound impact on defining culture.  The assignment for the Term Project is to investigate Vernacular snapshot Photography, using a variety of sources, in preparation for creating a digital photo album, with accompanying text, to be presented in class, and posted to both your e-portfolio.

Snapshot photographs designed for the public realm as well as those most likely intended for private viewing by family and friends. Be sure to consider photographs that express a sense of informality and intimacy, and the unusual - fiction and fantasy. And, of course, the clichéd vernacular snapshot image.

Find a Database Article

Your best bet for finding articles about photographers would besome of the Otis Databases: Art Source. ProQuest and JSTOR as they cover the history of photography.

Finding articles about subject matter such as "vernacular photography" will be more challenging. You can simply enter those terms in a database and find something. but you can also think of terms that an author of an article might use in a title of an article, such as "snapshots." Be sure to also check the SUBJECT field of an article you find helpful and see how the people who index/catalog the articles classify it. For instance, "Amateur photography" and "Vernacular photography" are both used. See also: How to Clarify Your Topic.

Books of Interest

The Snap-Shot edited by Jonathan Green

Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album by Barbara Levine, Stephanie Snyder, Matthew Stadler

Snapshot Versions of Life by Richard Chalfen (e-book)

Snapshot : New Art from Los Angeles organized by James Elaine

The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978

African American Vernacular Photography

Jo Spence : Beyond the Perfect image : Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism by Jo Spence

Camera and Community : Photographs from the Collection of the Institute for Arts and Media

Family Snaps by Jo Spence

 

Exhibitions/Websites of Interest

Close to Home: An American Album - Getty

Shades of L.A. project at LAPL Photo Collection

Lens Blog - New York Times

Instagram

Tumblr

Etc.

 

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