Forget Me Not explores the curious and centuries-old practice of strengthening the emotional appeal of photographs by embellishing themwith text, paint, frames . Forget Me Not: An Interview with Geoffrey Batchen. Brian Dillon and Geoffrey Batchen. In “The Salon of ,” fascinatedly aghast at the novel power of. It is usual these days to look back at the invention of photography in the midth century as a welcome event in technological progress that.

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Photographs were often embellished in elaborate frames, delicate lockets, and velvet-lined cases. But it also allows people to add the intimacy of touch to their experience of the photograph.

You will find a nice survey of motifs; from lockets to framed hair clippings to large assemblages. He spoke to Brian Dillon from New York. The affinities between the photographic trace, inscription, embroidery, bronzed booties, botanical samples, cigarette papers, and locks of hair are made plain in his close and vivid descriptions. But then neither was a lock of hair or a scrap of hand-writing; both photograph and that extra something must be present for an involuntary memory experience to occur, as if the abstract indexicality of one reinforces and amplifies the more physical indexicality of the other.

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You suggest, intriguingly, that these are in some sense works of art. In some cases the photographic image is completely covered by paint, the tiny detail lost, the potential for Barthesian punctum correspondingly reduced, while elsewhere the photographic portrait is either disciplined by a grid or overwhelmed by a display of printed matter—cigar bands in one particularly crafty American example that excites the eye, tempts the finger, and tickles the nose.


Hence the addition of writing, paint, framing, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, flowers, butterfly wings, or other images to the photographs involved. This maneuver fits photography into a much larger and older scheme of individual and communal remembrance, quickened by a geoffrfy of vision and touch. Do photographs replace memory? Books by Geoffrey Batchen.

Forget Me Not: An Interview with Geoffrey Batchen

To continue to induce the experience of personal memory, therefore, a photograph has to be transformed. Roland Barthes argued that every photograph, no matter how seemingly innocuous, is about death. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Princeton Architectural Press- Batvhen – pages.

If you turn the object over, you find yet another kind of text, a hand-written inscription with hints of shipboard romance and shared emotions: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Noted photography historian Geoffrey Batchen adopts a different tone in this original and engaging book — a personal and speculative voice that speaks to the objects rather than about them while offering a visual treasure chest of both mysterious and beautiful images.

: Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance (): Geoffrey Batchen: Books

Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition April 1, Language: Forget Me Not focuses on this relationship between photography and memory, and explores the curious and centuries-old practice of strengthening the emotional appeal of photographs nof embellishing them–with text, geofcrey, frames, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, flowers, bullets, cigar wrappers, butterfly wings, and more–to create strange and often beautiful hybrid objects.


Matt rated it liked it Mar 03, Risto rated it liked it Feb 06, One object features two photographs, one of a man in uniform and the other of a woman we presume to be his wife, incorporated into a symmetrical frame made from npt shells, with two of the bullets projecting directly out into space as if aimed at the viewer. Sometimes this poignancy is generated in retrospect. Jenna Brown rated it it was amazing Aug 14, I only wish it covered a bit more non-Western examples and noy uses.

Photo courtesy Cathy Carver. Forget Me Not is published with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and accompanies and exhiition of the same name that opens at the Museum in March As a result, these were photographs you heard as well as saw.

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