Museum Home Past Exhibitions Close to Home: An American Album

October 12, 2004–January 16, 2005 at the Getty Center

Soldier with Poster / Unknown
audio Listen to curator Weston Naef introduce this exhibition.

This exhibition is devoted to American family photographs that were separated from their owners and then rediscovered by artists, writers, collectors, and museum curators. Removed from their original context, these snapshots become open to many different interpretations: Who are the people in the photographs? What did these photos mean to them? Where are these people now?

Not every snapshot is a masterpiece, but a photograph does not have to be a masterpiece to tell a story. Taken together, the photographs in this exhibition give us a visual record of life in 20th-century America.