Gil Pasternak publishes a book chapter on personal photo collections and digital heritage

This month has seen the publication of “Remembering, Commemorating, Diversifying: Private Photographs and Communal History in the Age of Digital Heritage”, a book chapter contribution by Gil Pasternak for the book Living Memory: Life Stories and Photography Collections. While investigating what has led to the now relatively common digital heritagisation of personal photographs in our time, Pasternak mainly considers many of the photographs gathered by the UK-based, landmark Living Memory Project, a community-based project which ran between 2017 and 2020 to record life stories and digitise related personal photographs of residents of the Black Country region in England, United Kingdom. Pasternak’s chapter explores what contributors to the project have expected their otherwise private photographs to do once crossing into the public sphere through digital reproduction. His book chapter appears alongside other visual and written pieces by writers and artists who share thoughts and perspectives about the changing role of everyday photography in the twenty-first century and in the digital age in particular.

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