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PASSING ON MEMORIES
Family Photograph Albums from the Museum of Applied Art Collections

May 17 – June 17, 2008


BOARD I

Photograph album is a 19th century structure developed as a direct consequence of the invention, popularization and extensive use of photographs, a creation which marked the modern times both in arts and in other compartments of human life. It was the new type of carte-de-visite size photographs invented by André Adolphe Disdéri which made the most significant contribution to the popularisation of the new medium. Mass production and popularity of cartes-de-visite size photographs made their collection and keeping together necessary. The new type of photographs made fashionable the collecting of portraits of celebrities, most often members of European royalty. This was how some of the earliest photo-albums were created.

The oldest known album was made in Paris. It was in shape of a book, however the sheets were unfoldable and not run over as is usual. The first type of album which was industrially produced around 1860s had 12 sheets and leather binding with simple metal clasping. After 1860 albums producing industry was booming and in the next two decades various forms of photograph albums were patented.

 


Authorof the exhibition: Jelena Perać, curator in The Department for Photography and Applied Graphics