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Media and Memory$
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Joanne Garde-Hansen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640348

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640348.001.0001

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Towards a Concept of Connected Memory: The Photo Album Goes Mobile

Towards a Concept of Connected Memory: The Photo Album Goes Mobile

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Media and Memory

Joanne Garde-Hansen

Edinburgh University Press

Drawing upon Annette Kuhn's personal memory work and analysis of her family photograph album (2002) and Anna Reading's recently articulated concept of ‘memobilia’ (Garde-Hansen et al 2009), this chapter examines the re-emergence of the photograph as a shared and networked reflection on family life. No longer laid out in a hard copy album, the family photograph exists in the memory cards of mobile camera phones, in online digital vaults, shared on Flickr, published in blogs and tagged in Facebook. Soon, the generation that takes family photographs and lovingly sticks them in an album will be gone. Yet, what are the consequences for the family photograph that has endured and re-emerged as a shareable, wearable phenomenon and what of the vanishing practice and experience of sifting through shoeboxes?

Keywords:   Mobile phones, photography, family, Facebook, albums

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