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

Joanne Garde-Hansen

in Media and Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640348
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670949 | DOI:
Towards a Concept of Connected Memory: The Photo Album Goes Mobile

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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

Chapter.  6435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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