By Erik Kessels.
RVB Books, 2012. 140 pp., 98 color and black & white illustrations, 5x8¼".
Album Beauty is an ode to the vanishing era of the photo album. Once commonplace in every home, the photo album has been replaced in the digital age by the storage of images online and on hard drives. These visual narratives are testament to the once- universal appeal of documenting and displaying the mundane. Commonly a repository of family history, they usually rep- resented a manufactured family as edited for display. Albums spoke of birth, death, beauty, sexuality, pride, happiness, youth, competition, exploration, complicity and friendship. Numerous anonymous stories from all over the world will be told through the Erik Kessels collection.
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