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

May 17 – June 17, 2008


BOARD V

Photograph albums of the 20th century significantly differ from those which were manufactured in the previous one. Following the new values brought about by the era of modernism their structure was based on principles of transience and changeability and not on those of stability and permanence as was the case in the 19th century. There were no static portraits of family members, relatives and friends in the 20th century family albums. Most of the photographs recorded everyday moments in life of their owner and dynamics of events. These photographs were not focused on family life in homes, they were oriented towards the outside world instead, to courtyards, streets, rivers, spas or seaside landscapes where activities such as skating, hill-walking, walks, outings or swimming were going on.

The look and structure of photograph albums in the 20th century resemble a photographic diary or a visual memory book. Their aim was not to build the family identity but identity of an individual or to put it more precisely to define individual identity within a family community. Principles of subjectivity and individuality served as guidance both in the manner of photograph taking and in organisation of collected visual material as a family album.

 


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