Give me your Image “A Fetish for Beauty”
From 2002 through 2005, Bertien van Manen visited families all over Europe to take pictures of their private photographs. In doing so she collected traces of peoples lives, of happiness and sadness, of war and suppression, and she encompassed a century of history, across differences in culture and the meeting of human minds and hearts. Van Manen took photographs of photos from family albums, of photos hanging on walls, and of photos simply present in peoples lives. With the advances of digital or mobile-phone camera technology, this means of keeping private photos and retaining memories and histories is slowly disappearing.