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ERIC Number: EJ897398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Three Contemporary Artists Explore Family Photographs
Kanatani, Kim; Vatsky, Sharon
Art Education, v63 n4 p25-32 Jul 2010
In 1888, when George Eastman introduced the "Kodak" camera, with the slogan, "you push the button, we do the rest," he ushered in a new era in documenting family history. Photography left the professional studio and entered the home, where the camera became the primary instrument of self-knowledge and self-representation. The camera allowed the family story to be told, and family memories to be perpetuated. In these images, fleeting moments of childhood are captured and preserved, and the family unit is fixed for posterity. What can students learn from family pictures that appear as snapshots or formal portraits? The theme of "family pictures" in this Instructional Resource encompasses the relationship between parents and children, the definition of gender and gender roles, the formation of self, and the often-traumatic memories of childhood. Focusing on the work of contemporary photographers Catherine Opie, Janine Antoni, and Tracey Moffat, students will have an opportunity to consider family and its traditions of representation. This exploration may be of particular interest for adolescent students who are poised on the brink of adulthood and in the process of forming and redefining their own sense of identity in relation to their place in the family and in society.(Contains 4 endnotes and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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