This interdisciplinary bibliography includes books, articles, catalogues, and artists books that deal with snapshots, family photographs, memory, and related issues. The listings are divided into two categories: artist's books + exhibition catalogues and critical/historical writings.

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Artist's Books + Exhibition Catalogues

Bourgeois, Louise
Album, artist's book
New York: Peter Blum Edition, Blumarts, Inc., 1994

Burke, Bill
Mine Fields, artist's book
Atlanta: Nexus Press, 1995

Cohen, Janie
Betrayal of Means/Means of Betrayal: Contemporary Art and the Photographic Experience, exhibition catalogue
Daytona Beach, FL: Southeast Museum of Photography, 1992

Dorfman, Elsa
A Woman's Photojournal, artist's book
Boston: David R. Godine, 1974
See the online version.

Esders, Viviane, ed.
Our Mothers: Portraits by 72 Women Photographers
New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1996

Flax, Carol
Some (M)Other Stories: A Parent(hetic)al Tale, artist's book
Daytona Beach, FL: The Southeast Museum of Photography, 1995

Fondin, Jean
Boyhood photos of Jacques Henri Lartique
Switzerland: A. Guichard, 1966

Galassi, Peter
The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort
exhibition catalogue
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1991

Geibert, Ronald,
Parents, exhibition catalogue
Dayton, OH: Dayton Art Institute, 1992

Geibert, Ron, Barry Rosenberg, and Kathleen Peoples
Family Portraits, exhibition catalogue
Dayton, OH: Wright State University, 1981

George, Alice Rose, Abigail Heyman, Ethan Hoffman, eds.,
flesh & blood
New York: Picture Project, 1992

Kozo, Carolyn and Kathy Kobayashi, eds.
Shades of LA: pictures from ethnic family albums
New York, NY: The New Press,1996

Lanyon, Andrew
Snap! A Family Album
London: Gordon, Fraiser, 1974

Lartique, Jacques Henri
Diary of a Century
New York: Penguin Books, 1970

Lesy, Michael
Time Frames: The Meaning of Family Pictures
New York: Pantheon Books, 1980

Nordstrom, Alison Devine
Telling Our Own Stories: Florida's Family Photographs,
exhibition catalogue
Daytona Beach, FL: The Southeast Museum of Photography, 1997

Nordstrom, Alison Devine
Re:Photography, Three Exhibitions, exhibition catalogue
Daytona Beach, FL: The Southeast Museum of Photography, 1994

Scoates, Christopher
Make Yourself at Home, Race, Ethnicity, and the American Family, exhbition catalogue
Atlanta College of Art, 1995Self and Shadow, Aperture 114
New York: Aperture, 1989

Siber, Mark, Fred W. Record, and Gilbert Wight Tilton
The family album; photogrpahs of the 1890s & 1900s
Boston: D.R. Goldine, 1973

Spence, Jo, "Beyond the Family Album"
in Ten 8:4, Spring, 1980

Spence, Jo
Putting Myself in the Picture: A Political, Personal, and Photographic Autobiography
London: Camden Press, 1986.

Stack, Trudy Wilner and William Tolan
Family Matters: An exhibition of Works by Sally Mann,
Vince Leo, Melissa Shook, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Arizona State University Northlight Gallery, 1993

Sultan, Larry
Pictures from Home, artist's book
New York: Harry N.Abrams, Inc., 1992

Underhill, Linn
Thirty Five Years / One Week, artist's book
Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1981

Watterson, Bill
The Days are Just Packed
Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, An Univeral Press Syndicate Co., 1993

Williams, Val
Who's Looking at the Family, exhbition catalogue
Barbican Art Gallery
London, 1994

Willis, Deborah
Imagining Families: Images and Voices
Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution, 1994
exhibition catalogue

Wolin, Jeffrey A., Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust
Chronicle Books, 1997

Critical / Historical Writings

Batchen, Geoffrey, Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History
Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001

Bal, Mieke, Jonathan Crewe, and Leo Spitzer, eds.
Acts of Memory: cultural recall in the present
Hanover, NH: University of New England Press, 1999

Barthes, Roland, translated by Richard Howard
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
New York: Hill and Wang, The Noonday Press, 1981

Berger, John
About Looking
New York: Pantheon Books, 1980

Chalfen, Richard.
Snapshot versions of life
Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1987.

Chalfen, Richard.
Turning leaves: the photograph collections of two Japanese American families
University of New Mexico Press, 1991

Coe, Brian and Paul Gates
The Snapshot Photograph:
The Rise of Popular Photography 1888-1939

London: Ash and Grant Ltd., 1977

Duras, Marguerite
Practicalities: Marguerite Duras Speaks to Michel Beaujous,
translated by Barbara Bray
New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990

Engel, Susan
Context is Everything : The Nature of Memory
New York: W H Freeman & Co, 1999

Graves, Ken and Mitchell Payne
American Snapshots
Oakland, CA: Scrimshaw Press, 1977

Greene, Jonathan, ed.
The Snapshot, Aperture 19:1
Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1974

Greenberg, Judith, ed.
9 11: Trauma at Home,
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003  

Greenhill, Pauline
So we can remember : showing family photographs
Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 1981

Harris, Alex, ed
A World Uninspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood
The University of North Carolina Press, 1987

Hirsch, Julia
Family Photographs: Content, Meaning and Effect
New York: Oxford University Press, 1981

Hirsch, Marianne and Valerie Smith, eds., Gender and Cultural Memory
special issue of SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society(UCLA)
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Journal Division, Fall 2002, vol. 28, no. 1

Hirsch, Marianne, ed.
The Familial Gaze
including an article on Collected Visions by Lorie Novak
Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1999

Hirsch, Marianne
Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997

Hirsch, Marianne
"Resisting Images: Rereading Adolescence,"
in Provoking Agents, Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice
ed. by Judith Kegan Gardiner
Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995

King, Graham
Say Cheese
New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1984

Kotre, John N.
White gloves: how we create ourselves through memory
New York: Free Press, 1995

Kuhn, Annette.
Family secrets: acts of memory and imagination
London: New York: Verso, 1995

Miller, Nancy K.
But enough about me: why we read other people's lives
New York: Columbia University Press, 2002

Newhall, Beaumont
The History of Photography from 1839 to the present, revised and enlarged edition
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1982

Ross, Bruce M.
Remembering the personal past: descriptions of autobiographical memory
New York: Oxford University Press, 1991

Schacter, Daniel L.
SEARCHING FOR MEMORY The Brain, the Mind, and the Past
New York: Basic Books, 1996
on-line information

Simons, Elizabeth Radin
Student Words, Student Voices: Teaching Writing Through Folklore
Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heineman, 1990

Sidonie, Smith and Julia Watso, eds.
Inter/Faces: Women's Visual and Performance Art
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; 2003
Includes Collected Memories: Lorie Novak's Virtual Family Album
by Marianne Hirsch, link above to online version

Sontag, Susan
On Photography
New York: Dell Publishing, 1977

Spence, Jo and Patricia Holland, ed.
Family snaps: the meaning of domestic photography
London: Virago, 1991.

Willis, Deborah, ed.
Picturing Us, African American Identity in Photography
New York: The New Press, 1994

Zeitan, Steven J., Amy J. Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker
A Celebration of American Family Folklore:
Tales and Tradition from the Smithsonian Collection

New York: Pantheon, 1982

Zelizer, Barbie
Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera’s Eye,
Chicago: Univiversity of Chicago Press, 1998

Zimmermann, Patricia R.
Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film
Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995

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-Lorie Novak

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