The Photograph and The Album

This is the third in our Verticals | Writings on Photography series which explores key aspects of both contemporary and historic photography. With 480 pages and more than 100 colour illustrations The Photograph and The Album: Histories, Practices, Futures is a perceptive and stimulating guide to understanding that most pervasive photographic format, the photo album. Becoming "increasingly unruly", it has survived for over 150 years, from the first experimental albums of the 1850s to today's interactive, mobile applications. 

Also available: Photography and the Artist's Book and The Reflexive Photographer

Angela Kelly, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller & Theresa Wilkie

1. Histories
Photographing the Other Half of the Nation: Gendered Politics of the Royal Albums in 19th Century Iran
Staci Gem Scheiwiller, Assistant Professor of Contemporary and Modern Art History, California State University, Stanislaus

The ABC of the Modern Photo Album
Anna Dahlgren, Senior Lecturer, Department of Art History, Stockholm University

Adding Voices and Restructuring a Personal Album: The Kaddu Wasswa Archive
Andrea Stultiens, Leiden University/Royal Academy of Art

Exploded Albums: Reworking the Family Photo Album in Women’s Protests Against State Terrorism in Argentina  
Pippa Oldfield, Head of Programme, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and Doctoral Fellow, Durham University

Contagious! The Affective Politics of AIDS Scrapbooks
Katrin Köppert, Humboldt-University of Berlin

Time Changes Everything: Revisiting a Familial Image
Rosy Martin, Artist-Photographer

2. Practices
The Album in the Expanded Field 
Adrian Duran, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska-Omaha and Anne Leighton Massoni, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Photography, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

The Photo Album as Reconciliation: Peter Doherty’s The Books of Albion
Annalisa Zox-Weaver, Writer and Editor

Pictures from the Family Album: The Good Old Times and the Snapshot in Fashion Photography of the 1990s
Sylvia Brodersen, University of Marburg

Simulated Journeys: Travels through the Documenta Photo Albums
Kathryn M Floyd, Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University, Alabama

This Book Was Made For Lesbians: The Possibilities of Visualizing Community in Lesbian Photo Albums
Stefanie Snider, Researcher and Author

Wurzbach Manor: A Collective Family Album
Jason Reed, Assistant Professor of Photography, Texas State University

3. Futures
The Digital Travel Album: Posing as Photographic Play 
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology & Marina Yerali-Christodoulou, Research Associate, Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab, Cyprus University of Technology

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Generosity and the Digital Exchange of Family Photographs
Nicky Bird, Artist, and PhD Co-Coordinator, Glasgow School of Art

A Carson & Miller Photo Album
Carson & Miller, University of Salford

The (De)Contextualisation of the (Digital) Photo Album
Bret Zawilski, Assistant Director, FSU Digital Studio, Florida State University

Jonathan Carson is Associate Dean Academic (Enhancement) and Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies in the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, Manchester and has a strong interest in the practice and history of photography and community participation and engagement in the production and interpretation of heritage and the visual arts.

Rosie Miller is a Lecturer and Critical & Contextual Studies Area Leader in the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, Manchester.

Theresa Wilkie is an independent educator, writer and editor working in the field of photography, with a particular interest in practice in the context of theory and history. 

A welcome addition to the growing trend in seriously exploring the cultural context of the album form.
Angela Kelly, Associate Professor, Rochester Instutute of Technology, New York.

Title: The Photograph and The Album: Histories, Practices, Futures
Editors: Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller & Theresa Wilkie
Pages: 480
Colour illustrations: 110 
Size: 203 x 127 mm 
Date: 2013
Editions: £49.95 [paperback] | £39.95 [eBook] 
ISBN: 978-1-907697-91-3 [paperback]

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