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A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

January 1958

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

Untitled

Place

Unknown Place (Object made in)

Date

Made 1958

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Image: 11.2 × 7.8 cm (4 7/16 × 3 1/8 in.); Paper: 12.1 × 9 cm (4 13/16 × 3 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter J. Cohen

Reference Number

2013.158.160

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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