When This You See, Remember Me is a collection of photographic portraits from the Rare Book & Manuscripts Library’s (RBML) Floyd and Marion Rinhart Collection. It showcases one-of-a-kind cased daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes, providing a glimpse into American life during the 19th century and the infancy of photography.
The images are marked by the era's distinctive traits: rigid poses, restless children blurred by long exposures and enigmatic expressions. Scratches on the surface of the images combine with annotations, personal effects and sometimes even a lock of hair, to suggest tales of love and loss amidst the relentless passage of time. The collection invites viewers to consider the many ways photography reflects what it means to be human, and what may be lost to an era of digital precision and artificial intelligence.
This Saturday Spotlight is curated by Kate Shannon, associate professor in the Department of Art. Her creative interests revolve around photography.