Zeitgeist: Life Through Photography

Zeitgeist is a German word that means 'spirit of the age,' derived from Zeit meaning 'time' and Geist, meaning 'ghost'. This publication explores the psychology and stereotypes behind family photography. It serves as a reminder about the importance of preserving family history for future generations.

This thesis publication pairs historical photos with new-age research describing how family photograph albums become timeless cultural artifacts. The psychology and stereotypes behind family photography are explored throughout the text and are accompanied by my family's photo collection.

The film photography included in this publication was scanned from medium-format 50mm film negatives. These film negatives were taken by my Opa on his 1940s Rolleicord III. The photography follows my family’s immigration from Germany to Ontario and forms an informal family photo essay that parallels the text. The film cameras used to take these photos are also pictured throughout the publication. All photos are original family photos.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist 2016 — Fine Art - Graphic Design / Print

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PHOEBE MILLER

graphic designer, illustrator