Zeitgeist: Life Through Photography

Editorial, Photography, Digital Archiving

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 behind family photography, serving as a reminder about the importance of preserving family history for future generations.

This publication pairs historical photos with new-age research describing how family picture albums become timeless cultural artifacts over time. Patterns and stereotypes are explored throughout the text and are accompanied by historical film photography.

The film photography included in this publication was scanned from a collection of medium-format film negatives. These photographs were taken by my Opa on his Rolleicord III with photos spanning from 1940 to 1965. 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 pictured throughout the publication.

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