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Faculty Book: Geoffrey Batchen

Geoffrey Batchen

Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance
(Princeton Architectural Press, 2006)


In this volume, a noted photography historian focuses on the relationship between photography and memory and explores the centuries-old practice of strengthening the emotional appeal of photographs by embellishing them—with text, paint, frames, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, flowers, bullets, cigar wrappers, butterfly wings, and more—to create strange and often beautiful hybrid objects. The book features color photographs of eighty such objects created by ordinary people from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. In addition, Forget Me Not offers an alternative way to look at the history of photography, a history that effectively excludes most of the photographs taken since the invention of the camera—candid views, family snapshots, and the like. This is a paperback of the catalogue which accompanied an exhibition that opened at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, in 2004 and closed at the International Center of Photography, New York, in 2005. Geoffrey Batchen is a professor of art history at The Graduate Center. Purchase this book

Submitted on: AUG 3, 2006

Category: Art History | Faculty Books