Representations of childhood: the nostalgia of innocence

Pease, Katherine (2013) Representations of childhood: the nostalgia of innocence. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Children have been the subject of the photographic lens since the early days of the medium and prior to this were the subject of paintings and drawings alike. The child as a muse is a notion that has transcended through the centuries and numerous artistic mediums. The desire to preserve and remember the child at their most innocent and flawless within the state of their fleeting childhood was particularly prevalent during the Victorian period with their ‘Momento Mori’, providing a further catalyst to deepen the relationship between childhood and the camera. These depictions have evolved and developed through the advances of the camera, particularly following the invention of the Brownie camera in the early 1900’s which provided cheap and easy to use camera and processing equipment to the masses. This has developed into “present times [where] photographs are increasingly used to share and record information” (Yamada-Rice, 2010, p243).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 12:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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