Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Photography & Remembrance

Book - 2004
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Beautifully illustrated and produced, this elegant and penetrating study explores how their owners have strengthened the emotional appeal of photographs by embellishing them with text, paint, frames, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, butterfly wings, flowers, and other items ordinary and odd to make haunting hybrid objects. Most of the pieces displayed and described belong to the 19th century, but a few originated as recently as the 1970s. Batchen teaches the history of photography at the Graduate Center of the City U. of New York. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Since its invention, photography has always been inextricably tied up with remembrance: photographers recall family, beloved friends, special moments, trips and other events, speaking across time and place to create an emotional bond between subject and viewer.
Forget Me Not focuses on this relationship between photography and memory, and explores the curious and centuries-old practice of strengthening the emotional appeal of photographs by embellishing them -- with text, paint, frames, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, flowers, bullets, cigar wrappers, butterfly wings, and more -- to create strange and often beautiful hybrid objects. This spellbinding book features color photographs of eighty such objects, extraordinary works of art -- part memento, part Joseph Cornell -- created by ordinary people from the mid-19th century to mid-20th century.
In addition, Forget Me Not offers an alternative way to look at the history of photography, a history that effectively excludes most of the photographs -- candid views, family snapshots, and the like -- taken since the invention of the camera. Noted photography historian Geoffrey Batchen adopts a different tone in this original and engaging book -- a personal and speculative voice that speaks to the objects rather than about them while offering a visual treasure chest of both mysterious and beautiful images.
Forget Me Not is published with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and accompanies an exhibition of the same name that opens at the Museum in March 2004.

Publisher: Amsterdam : Van Gogh Museum ; New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2004
ISBN: 9781568984506
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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