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A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


November 1956


Photographer unknown
American, mid-20th century

About this artwork

This snapshot features a subject emphatically identifying themselves, writing ME on the print. Snapshots became enormously popular in the twentieth century, allowing anyone with a camera to document friends, family, and events in a casual way. Saved in albums and frames, these intimate pictures might evoke pleasant memories. But with the passing of generations, as photographs changed hands and occasionally (like this one) ended up in museums, the people who posed for these photographs might be forgotten. As if to guard against such a fate—or perhaps to point out the inadequacy of photographic representation—the sitter wrote on their picture, reminding both loved ones and museumgoers of their individual presence.


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Unknown Maker




United States (Object Probably made in)

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Made 1956


Gelatin silver print


Image: 7.6 × 7.7 cm (3 × 3 1/16 in.); Paper: 8.9 × 8.9 cm (3 9/16 × 3 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter J. Cohen

Reference Number


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