Carly Miller


This thesis, Family Reunion examines notions of family heritage, collection, and intimacy through the use of photographic portraiture. I observe the ways in which large format photography contributes to a larger photographic endeavor involving time and travel to investigate family relationships and genealogy. The thesis also addresses how American culture acquires, records, stores, preserves, displays, and passes on family photographs. Familial objects either preserve or lose meaning as they are passed down through generations. Family Reunion emphasizes the collection of images we preserve to record and represent our familial history, while addressing both personal and cultural significance between the need for family intimacy, as well as distance from it.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography of families; Portrait photography; Families in art

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Kelly, Angela

Advisor/Committee Member

Miokovic, Alex


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR681.F28 M45 2010


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