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The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson

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The impact of the humble American snapshot has been anything but humble. Any American who takes a snapshot contributes to a compelling and influential genre. Since 1888, when George Eastman introduced the Kodak camera and roll film, the snapshot has not only changed everyday American life and memory; it has also changed the history of fine art photography. The distinctive ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 16th 2007 by National Gallery of Art (first published August 27th 2007)
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This book was equally haunting and touching. For me, the best part of visiting elderly relatives was staying up late after everyone else had gone to sleep and taking down the sturdy shoe boxes from the closet to look at old snapshots from the 1940s through the 1960s. The great thing about photographs of this time is that if the film was developed, a print of each exposure almost certainly existed. So many prints in this book were what my Grandmother would call "mistakes"- but because most modern ...more
Enrique Valdivia
A nice history of film photography. The text frequently referred to photographs on some other page. Would have been better to organize things so the reader doesn't have to flip back and forth through the book while reading it. After a while I just read the words and looked at the pictures later. More bettah.

I didn't know the word "snapshot" originally referred to a hunter getting off a quick shot at his quarry before it scurried away. I have sometimes felt like a gunman carrying my camera in a b
Heather Moss
The text was extremely interesting, and I enjoyed the earlier sections of the book. However, suddenly there were many, many photos by "Flo," and I disliked these, or at least that there were so many of them by the same person. But this book did make me want to get a bunch of old cameras and fool around with them, and I think that's a measure of success, really.
Dec 26, 2007 Meg marked it as to-read
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I got this for Christmas from Maeve! Awesome. We saw the exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, and it was fantastic. I mentioned to Maeve that every snapshot was its own writing prompt.

I'm looking forward to reading it and to maybe cranking out some short stories...
This snapshots show what an extraordinary thing photography is. Keep snapping!
Avis Black
Haven't come across a collection this banal in a long time.
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