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In and Out of Focus: Visualising Loss through the Family Album

Butler, Jacqueline


Jacqueline Butler


Silke Arnold-de Simine

Joanne Leal


The author, in her exploration on the relationship between photography, mortality and death, focuses on the materiality of the analogue print and its ability to recapture those we have loved in what the author describes as 'altered states'. The chapter examines the changing nature of the photograph's materiality through the history of the development of the photographic medium, not only in its analogue but also in its digital forms, with a particular focus on the ways in which the limitations of technology create spaces for reflection on the fragility and vulnerability of the human condition, illustrated in the author's own artistic practice through her work with 3D print technology.


Butler, J. (2018). In and Out of Focus: Visualising Loss through the Family Album. In S. Arnold-de Simine, & J. Leal (Eds.), Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory (117-134). (1). London / New York: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Publication Date Feb 8, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2020
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 117-134
Edition 1
Book Title Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory
Chapter Number 6
ISBN 9781474283601
Public URL
Publisher URL
Additional Information The chapter evolved from work produced for an exhibition Family Ties:
Reframing Memory: Acts of Memory and the imagination at Peltz
Gallery London (July 2014) and accompanying conference paper
presented as part of Birbeck University Research in Aesthetic of Kinship
and Community.

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