Snapshots and Snapshooters: Imaging Our Lives (2006)

Snapshots and Snapshooters: Imaging Our Lives
A discussion led by Frances Robb
Are you a snapshooter? If you are, you're not alone; we have become a nation of snapshooters.
How has that changed us?
Since snapshot photography developed (no pun intended) in the late 19th century, the democratic idea of putting cameras in the hands of everyone who wants to point and shoot has revolutionized our visual imaging of family and friends. Instead of infrequent and formal studio portraits, a profusion of snapshots documents the lives of ordinary Americans.
Snapshots are the visual testimony of our personal lives. They capture individual elements in our lives whose importance is universal: our proudest and happiest moments (new baby, graduation, new car, vacations); our increasingly casual lifestyle; the importance of time spent with family and friends.
Bring a few of your favorite snapshots and join us on November 8, 2006 at noon at the Main Library for Frances Robb's discussion of how the change from formal to informal photography has changed the way we look at history. After a slideshow of mostly Alabama snapshots, we will discuss and share our own photos.
About This Presentation
This presentation is part of the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) 2005-2006 Speaker in the House program. The Alabama Humanities Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (of which the AHF is the state affiliate), as well as by corporate and individual donors. The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of the humanities throughout the state of Alabama and, to that end, conducts its own statewide programs and awards grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects.
About Frances Robb
Frances Robb is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and holds M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina and Yale University. She taught art history and humanities at Texas Christian University, the University of North Texas, and The University of the South at Sewanee.
When Robb returned to Alabama with her family in 1986, she began a love affair with historic photographs. Since then, she has curated numerous exhibitions, lectured, presented workshops, and served as a consultant to museums, libraries and archives in Alabama and the Southeast. She is completing a book on the history of photography in Alabama and has another in the works on dating and identifying family photographs. As you might expect, historic photographs today illustrate her presentation.