Family photographs snapshots and portraits affixed to the refrigerator or displayed in gilded frames crammed into shoeboxes or catalogued in albums preserve ancestral history and perpetuate memories. Family photographs snapshots and portraits affixed to the refrigerator or displayed in gilded frames crammed into shoeboxes or cataloged in albums preserve ancestral history and perpetuate memories indeed photography has become the familys primary means of self representation in family frames marianne hirsch uncovers both the deception and the power behind this visual record. Family frames photography narrative and postmemory cambridge harvard up 1997 xiv 304 pp cambridge harvard up 1997 xiv 304 pp marianne hirschs title refers both to the way we frame family photographs and how they frame us. Marianne hirsch is william peterfield trent professor of english and comparative literature and co director of the center for the critical analysis of social difference at columbia university she is the author of family frames photography narrative and postmemory among other books
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