Momenti Mori: The Photobook and Memory

Photos are not memories – they are triggers to memories (often false and counter memories)


Memorial photobook – personal, collective often overlap eg ww2, or anything collectively as well as personally experienced eg Donovan Wylie’s scrapbook

But in reality photography deals with the visible so resorts to metaphors, symbols and other tactics to represent the invisible

Memory is about absence – which is why the photo is so powerful as a talisman

“In the best memorialising photobooks, personal memories tend to coalesce with cultural memories”. P245

So it was in this chapter that I find reference to illness (cancer at page 248) but still nothing in disability (either cultural or individual). Aging yes, physical frailty yet; mental health yes; but disability no.

G. Badger, and M. Parr, (2014) The Photobook: A History Volume III Published by Phaidon Press

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South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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