Family photo albums, 2012

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Max Dean: Album takes up one of the most ubiquitous forms of photography in the 20th century: the family photo album. During May, Toronto artist Max Dean will appear at various locations throughout the city in his specially configured 1966 Volkswagen Beetle—the Foto Bug— to showcase more than 500 such albums from a collection he amassed over ten years. At each venue, Dean will pass the albums on to willing new owners.

Together, these albums represent a collective moment. For roughly 100 years, starting in the late 1800s, we chose to remember our lives through visual narratives in photographic albums. As Dean has remarked, “Photo albums are the one, and possibly only, story many of us write.”

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