4.25 x 7 inches, 288 pages, hardcover
Photographic Memory, by Verna Posever Curtis, traces a history of photographic albums from the early 20th century until the present day, drawing upon the collection of the Library of Congress. Including works from significant photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, and Danny Lyons, the included albums range from official documents and finished artworks to personal image collections and family scrapbooks. Photographic Memory investigates the physical implications of the album form at a time when photography is circulated in increasingly dematerialized forms. The book itself has a rough-hewn feel, with coarse, screenprinted book cloth and tipped-in glossy photographs on the exterior, contrasting with a refined, organized book interior emphasizing an abundance of large-scale reproductions of album spreads.