An evocative survey of photo albums captures the history of American photography – and asks whether we'll ever impose order on our sprawling digital collections.

This article titled “Album of the years: can photo albums survive the digital age?” was written by Sean O’Hagan, for on Tuesday 14th June 2011 15.05 UTC

“When you hold a photo album, you sense that you are in possession of something unique, intimate, and meant to be saved for a long time,” writes Verna Posever Curtis in the introductory essay to Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography. “As you turn the pages and look at the images, you imbibe the maker’s experience, invoking your imagination and prompting personal memories.”

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