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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER #1 OCTOBER '08: Photography/Librarianship

Richard Tighe Harris family image, Juneau, 1885.






Cody Swanson, Alaska Resources Library & Information Services

What would have happened to this memory -- the light of that day in 1889 -- captured in a blink through the shutter, had it been passed through hands that might let it perish? If the photo had not been preserved, would this day have vanished in the minds of the Richard Tighe Harris family? I wonder how it would be if photos were like the leaves of a tree. They also capture light, hold it, and exist because of it. But what if photos went through seasons -- lost their color, faded, and turned brittle on the ground. What if they became the soil we tread while walking autumn trails?

Cody Swanson's Harris image 1
Photos are everywhere. Captured or forgotten. Preserved or perished.
Cody Swanson's Harris image 2
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