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Suspended Conversations: The Afterlife of Memory in Photographic Albums John Langford

Suspended Conversations: The Afterlife of Memory in Photographic Albums

John Langford

Published April 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780773533929
Paperback
368 pages
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In Suspended Conversations Martha Langford shows how photographic albums tell intimate and revealing stories about individuals and families. Contrary to those who isolate the individual photograph, treat albums as texts, or argue that photography has supplanted memory, she shows that the photographic album must be taken as a whole and interpreted as a visual and verbal performance that extends oral consciousness.Suspended Conversations brings to light a rich collection of photographic travelogues, memoirs, thematic collections, and family sagas compiled between 1860 and 1960 and held by the McCord Museum of Canadian History. Martha Langford not only provides a fascinating glimpse of a previous centurys preoccupations and mores but brings photography into the great conversation about how we remember and how we send our stories into the future.