Within the larger context of cultural memory, family pictures have become one of the most intriguing multi- and interdisciplinary fields of investigation in the past decade. This field brings together artists working in different media (e.g. documentary photography and film, photo-based painting and installations, digital art, collage, montage, comics, etc.) as well as academics, critics, theorists and writers working in a wide range of disciplines including literature, history, art history, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, film and media studies, visual culture studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and word and image studies. This volume intends to offer a broad, panoramic view of the topic combining West and East European as well as American perspectives.
Zsofia Ban is Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, ELTE, Budapest. Hedvig Turai is an art historian living in Budapest.
Preface, PHOTO AS AUTOBIOGRAPHY Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, Street Photographs: From the Family Album to the Public Archive Nancy K. Miller, Beguiled by Loss: The Burden of Third Generation Narrative Jay Prosser, The Baghdadi Jew and His Chinese Mistress PHOTO AND TEXT Heinz Ickstadt, History Narration and the Frozen Moment of Photography in Richard Powers' Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee Zsofia Ban, Memory and/or Construction: Family Pictures in Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ARCHIVES Rob Kroes, Virtual Community of Intimity: Photography and Immigration Geza Boros, Buried Pictures: Photography and Memorialization of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary Andras Ban, Farewell to Private Photos Suzana Milevska, EVENTfulness: Family Archives as Events/Folds/Veils FAMILY ALBUMS Logan Sisley, Visualizing Male Homosexuality in the Family Album gnes Berecz, Please Recycle! On gnes Eperjesi's Family Album OBJECT/PHOTO/REALITY Aeva Forgacs, The Object as Photo: Private Document as History Telling (Christian Boltanski and Ilya Kabakov) Hedvig Turai, Home Museum. Installation by Katarina Aeevic and Gergely Laszlo List of Contributors, Index