Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures

Images and Messages Rescued From the Past

Paperback - 2012
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A haunting collection of antique found photographs, with evocative inscriptions that bring these lost personal moments to life. Each image reveals a singular, frozen moment in a person's life, be it joyful, quiet, or steeped in sorrow; each inscription illuminates the photograph's particular context, and lights up our connection to the past.
Published: New York : ItBooks, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062099495
Branch Call Number: 779.2 RIG
Characteristics: xiv, 366 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,21 cm.


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 18, 2019

A non-fiction collection of photographs by the author of *Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children*. In addition to the peculiar real-life photos used by Riggs for his fantasy series, he has long collected photos with interesting captions that are written on them. He finds these at flea markets, yard sales, and junk shops. The story of how he began collecting is startling. There are humorous pictures, heart-breaking ones, and ones that are just evidence of the lives of everyday people. As you keep going, you notice what a wide variety of pictures there are -- and the sense grows that you are snooping in other people’s lives. It’s not just odd; in some ways it is a contribution to American history of the 20th Century.

Jan 19, 2018

Brilliant, hilarious, and heartbreaking.

May 27, 2015

Beautiful, haunting, funny and the best way.

Mar 08, 2015

Just a great books.

Many of the photos have sweet noted written on the back.

There are some real saucy comments too.

A great way to spend the afternoon.

danloumac5 Oct 07, 2014

I just happened to read a review of this book and decided I had to read it.

Some of the pictures were funny or touching but there are several pages of pictures of a young girl that tells a story about her life that was so sad.

I really liked this book. I've checked it out twice.

Donna_R Feb 10, 2013

When books say they are haunting etc, I am a bit of a cynic. But this absolutely is - especially a chapter of photos of a girl called Janet Lee. Astonishing and emotional stuff.


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Mar 01, 2015

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