The haunted photograph: context, framing and the family story

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Schutt, Stefan and Berry, Marsha (2011) The haunted photograph: context, framing and the family story. Current Narratives, 1 (3). pp. 35-53. ISSN 1837-0314


In this paper we examine conceptions of framing and context as they apply to photographs and other visual historical material. In particular we focus on the ways that context and framing are operationalised in the intimate, fragmented space of family history and how they play out through the construction of narrative coherency, what these sites are, what we bring to the sites, and how the interactions between beholder and object manifest as encounters. To investigate this we present a selection of photographic items representing key moments from our own European family histories. Throughout we ask: is meaning primarily created through devices such as framing and context, or may there be subtle, inherent meaning embedded in items that we can sense?

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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Historical > FOR Classification > 2001 Communication and Media Studies
Historical > SEO Classification > 9502 Communication
Keywords ResPubID24191, narrative, postmemory, photography, digital media, media
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