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Imagining Everyday Life


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Imagining Everyday Life evolved from a two-day symposium at Columbia University in October 2018-a collaboration between The Walther Collection, Barnard's Center for Research on Women, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. This publication unfolds in four parts: Why Vernacular Photography? The Limits and Possibilities of A Field; Troubling Portraiture: Photographic Portraits and The Shadow Archive; Performance and Transformation: Photographic (Re)visions of Subjectivity; and Space, Materiality, and the Social Worlds of the Photograph.


Finalist for the Lucie Photobook Prize Award
Imagining Everyday Life" reprints what the 21 authorities had to say. One listed as examples "headshots or mug shots, real estate photos or crime scene shots"; another discussed "creative ways . . . the photographic object is placed and preserved" in African-American family albums. Mr. Batchen suggested abandoning his term "vernacular photography" and to "instead speak only of 'photography.' " The 360 images include examples of beefcake, employee identification badges and high-school class portraits.--William Meyers "Wall Street Journal"
The authors are signalling both the significance and the problems related to the public display of vernacular photographs, covering the topic in relation to theories about power and ideology in addition to race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality within the context of the images' origin.--Linda Zhengova "GUP"

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