This thesis explores preservation and obsolescence in relation to memory and the family photograph. Through a variety of erasure processes applied to discarded vernacular imagery and projections, the artist manipulated the content, framing and perspective of alleged family memories. The specific techniques utilized include digital erasure, removal by cutting implements, targeted bleaching and the re-photographing of projected Kodachromes into selective fragments. This process facilitated the investigation of the relationship between family photographs, formation of individual memory and the life cycle of family narrative. This work raises questions about the normative sociological factors at play in memory preservation and the constructed family narrative as reflected in the vernacular photograph.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Artistic; Vernacular photography--Social aspects; Photography of families; Photography, Handworked; Memory in art; Nostalgia in art

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Larkin, Dan

Advisor/Committee Member

Miokovic, Alex

Advisor/Committee Member

Lieberman, Jessica


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