October 12, 2004

The Snapshot as Art?—The Getty Invites Public to Submit Personal Photographs to a Special Online Album


LOS ANGELES—The Getty is issuing an open call to amateur shutterbugs to submit their personal photographs online for an ambitious, large-scale display of family pictures on the Web. This virtual album will pay tribute to the humble snapshot and its artistic and social value, a theme explored in the new exhibition Close to Home: An American Album, which opened today at the Getty Center. The exhibition and online album are part of the 20th-anniversary celebration of the Getty’s photographs collection.

Online snapshot submissions will be accepted through the close of Close to Home on January 16, 2005. Selected photographs will be posted on the special exhibition Web site. Each snapshot must be accompanied by a short description of what makes the picture special. Because the Getty Web site reaches local, national, and international audiences, many submissions are expected, and not all photographs can be posted online. For details on the submission process, or for more information about Close to Home, please visit the special exhibition site on

The Getty’s online photo album offers the public a unique opportunity to be a part of the exhibition. Photography is one of the most democratic of all art forms. Many of the pictures in Close to Home were taken by untrained photographers. The subject matter is universal and the online showcase is the perfect way to demonstrate that. Together, the exhibition and the Web display will investigate the beauty, value, and meaning of family snapshots as a vital instrument of social memory.

Close to Home: An American Album features nearly 200 black-and-white and color photographs made chiefly between 1930 and the mid-1960s by anonymous makers. The exhibition also includes family portraits made by well-known photographers such as Thomas Eakins, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, and Dorothea Lange, drawn from the Getty’s strong collection of photographs, as well as 25 fine-art prints made by Guy Stricherz, with his wife Irene Malli, from old Kodachrome slides.

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* Note to editors: images available on request.


John Giurini
Getty Communications Dept.

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