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Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1935/39

Artist:

Photographer unknown
American, 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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Photography and Media

Artist

Peter Cohen (Collected by)

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1935–1939

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

10.1 × 5.8 cm (image); 11.3 × 7 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter J. Cohen

Reference Number

2017.440.7

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