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School Photos in Liquid Time

Reframing Difference

From clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools, classroom photographs of schoolchildren are pervasive even in repressive historical and political contexts. School Photos in Liquid Time offers a closer look at this genre of vernacular photography, tracing how photography advances ideologies of social assimilation as well as those of hierarchy and exclusion. In Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer's deft analysis, school photographs reveal connections between the histories of persecuted subjects in different national and imperial centers.

Exploring what this ubiquitous and mundane but understudied genre tells us about domination as well as resistance, the authors examine school photos as documents of social life and agents of transformation. They place them in dialogue with works by contemporary artists who reframe, remediate, and elucidate them. Ambitious yet accessible, School Photos in Liquid Time presents school photography as a new access point into institutions of power, revealing the capacity of past and present actors to disrupt and reinvent them.

About the Authors

Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is author of many books, including The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust. Leo Spitzer is K. T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College and author of several books, including Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism. Hirsch and Spitzer also coauthored Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory.

Endorsements

"Hirsch and Spitzer take a common and overlooked genre of vernacular photography, the school photo, and bring together images separated by time and place into a compelling conversation, with analysis that is both stimulating and accessible."—Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"A beautifully written and very readable work that uncovers surprising and counterintuitive resonances between different iterations of school photographs, captured amid historical trauma."—Brett Ashley Kaplan, Director, Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, University of Illinois

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