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Jack and Jill

A work made of gelatin silver prints (4).

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints (4).

Date:

November 1921

Artist:

Photographer unknown

About this artwork

After George Eastman introduced the handheld Kodak #1 camera in 1888, amateurs made millions of snapshots depicting friends and family, travels, and festive occasions such as weddings. Even while solidifying such thoroughly conventional behaviors, amateur photography developed a new pictorial language that privileged immediacy, spontaneity, and accident. Career photographers and art historians—but also antiques vendors and flea-market shoppers—have long recognized the value of the “snapshot aesthetic.” The rise of social media and smartphones in recent years has effectively ended the era of the snapshot as both a printed photograph and an image for a private audience.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Unknown Maker

Title

Jack and Jill

Place

Unknown Place (Object made in)

Date

Made 1921

Medium

Gelatin silver prints (4)

Dimensions

6 × 10.5 cm (each image, appro×.); 7 × 11.5 cm (each paper, appro×.); 14.4 × 11.8 cm (mount, a-b); 15.8 × 12 (mount, c-d);

Credit Line

Gift of Peter J. Cohen

Reference Number

2013.158.106a-d

Extended information about this artwork

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