Album Beauty

Eric Kessels collection

exhibition, Palais de l'Archevêché, in Aix-en-Provence, France
Album Beautyis an ode to the vanishing era of the photo album as told through the collection of Erik Kessels. Once commonplace in every home, the photo album has been replaced with digital images that reside online and on hard drives. Photo albums were once a repository for family history, often representing a manufactured family as edited for display. They speak of birth, death, beauty, sexuality, pride, happiness, youth, competition, exploration, complicity, and friendship. This exhibition is about the visual anthropology of the photo album. On display are hundreds of such albums, all telling different but familiar stories.