Snapshot taken in the 1950's by my grandmother

Too many un-posed family snapshots end up in the wastebasket instead of albums, and what a pity! The trials of trying to get 7 children posed and perfect on the stairs for a portrait presents a much more interesting story than the final portrait likely does. Some say Diane Arbus used to stand with her camera in front of her subject for a few minutes, until the posed smiles faded and her subjects started to forget she was standing there with her camera, and only then would she release the shutter, in an effort to document her subject as best she could. Perhaps the photojournalist in my grandmother thought along similar lines, and saved the photos she took when no one was aware because she saw the potential intrigue in the types of snapshots most don’t seem to save.


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