Snapshots: The Eye of the Century

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Description: "You press the button, we do the rest." Kodak used this slogan in ads for the first box cameras, introduced by George Eastman in 1888. From then on, virtually anyone could take pictures--the snapshot was born! Without exception, the amateur photos presented in Snapshots: The Eye of the Century capture what are essentially ordinary moments--yet every trace of banality disappears once they are removed from the context of personal biography. Sometimes the moment is right, and art just "happens," in the ...

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Description: "You press the button, we do the rest." Kodak used this slogan in ads for the first box cameras, introduced by George Eastman in 1888. From then on, virtually anyone could take pictures--the snapshot was born! Without exception, the amateur photos presented in Snapshots: The Eye of the Century capture what are essentially ordinary moments--yet every trace of banality disappears once they are removed from the context of personal biography. Sometimes the moment is right, and art just "happens," in the form of double or multiple exposures, slipped horizons, or curious details that enter the picture frame because the camera moved just as the shutter was released. Christian R. Skrein-Bumballa, an artist and a former professional photographer, has tracked down and collected thousands of these treasures, which can be viewed as part of our visual heritage. His impressive selection of photographs is here arranged thematically, and at its heart we find the essentials of the human condition: joy and pain, visualized in the decisive moment in which history stands still for a fraction of a second. Snapshots features the most aesthetically notable and otherwise curious photographs from the S.A.S. Snapshots Archiv Skrein, a collection of nearly one million snapshots from all over the world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9783775713962
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 6/2/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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Vince Aletti writes about photography for Aperture magazine, Modern Painters, the New Yorker, and Photograph. He is the recipient of the 2005 Infinity Award for writing from the International Center of Photography.

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Table of Contents

Peter Nover
Der Blick des Reporters 6
The Reporter's View 7
Christian Skrein
Das Auge des Jahrhunderts 8
The Eye of the Century 9
Frits Gierstberg
Das Auftauchen und Verschwinden der Privat-(Amateur-)Fotografie im Museum 10
The Appearance and Disappearance of Private (Amateur) Photography in the Museum 11
Carl Aigner
Im Bilde sein oder das Phantasma der Fotografie 14
Being in the Picture, or The Phantasm of Photography 15
Snapshots / Schnappschusse
1) Moments / Augenblicke 20
2) Women / Frauen 80
3) Men / Manner 98
4) Posing / Posen 116
5) Kids / Kinder 152
6) Together / Beisammen 188
7) Love / Liebe 216
8) Nudes / Akte 230
9) Nature / Natur 258
10) Sports / Sport 288
11) Travels / Reisen 312
12) Transportation / Verkehr 354
13) Big Town--Small Town / Grossstadt - Kleinstadt 384
14) At Work / Bei der Arbeit 418
15) War / Krieg 448
16) Artistic Photography / Kunstlerische Fotografie 500
17) Photographers / Fotografen 536
List of Work / Verzeichnis der Werke 548
Bibliography / Bibliografie 558
Acknowledgements / Dank 559
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