Alexis Perrin
The Other Family Album
The family album is used to keep traces of family history through photographs. It is a medium that has been used throughout time to keep memories alive by reflecting back on past experiences and histories. Marcel Proust stated, “Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen”.

My piece called “The Other Family” uses the family album as its basic concept, while honoring Proust’s quote, and recreating it through my personal interpretation of specific family events using a combination of found family photographs and pairing them with recent photographs I shot and recaptured.

“The Other Family Album” is a visual presentation of my family history interpreted by my life experiences. The piece began by looking through numerous old family photographs to find a specific item or environment that triggered a significant event or memory of a specific family member. The photographs were created using alternative methods. The subject was shot using Polaroid transfers and transferring them onto hand dyed paper to create the effect of nostalgia;
thereby, turning these images into precious memories through the print making process.

All photographs in “The Other Family Album” were captured through a variation of 4x5 and found photographs. The photos were turned into a Polaroid and transferred onto hand stained 9x12 papers in order to create these prints. The collection of the prints creates “The Other Family Album”. The work is to be shown in a book format with the viewer looking through it as if they were leafing through an old family album to gain their own understanding of the event.
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