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Useful Photography #010

October 2013

Explores the happiest day of your life
Useful Photography is a magazine focusing on overlooked and underwhelming images taken for practical purposes. In the tenth edition, it turns its lens to marriage- and discovers that most people’s special day is celebrated according to a certain series of patterns.
Because whereas every couple is different, photographic representations of wedded bliss are generally identical. The same staged kiss, the same idyllic beach, the same enormous white cake cut in the same way, the same pose as the bride is carried into the matrimonial home.  From one perspective, it warms the heart to see that love is indeed universal and people share particular attitudes whatever their race, age or geographic location. From another, Useful Photography #010 wonders at the almost obsessive repetitiveness displayed in our depiction of these common human sentiments.