Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past

With the candid quirkiness of Awkward Family Photos and the confessional intimacy of PostSecret, Ransom Riggs 's Talking Pictures is th aunting collection of antique found photographs—with evocative inscriptions that bring these lost personal moments to life—from the author of the New York Times bestselling illustrated novel Miss Peregrine ’ s Home for Peculiar Children. Each image in Talking Pictures eveals a singular, frozen moment in a person ’ s life, be it joyful, quiet, or teeped in sorrow. Yet anothe book ’ s unique depth comes from the writing accompanying each photo: as with the caption revealing how one seemingly random snapshot of a dancing couple captured the first dance of their 40-year marriage, each successive inscription shines like a flashbulb illuminating a photograph ’ s particular context and lighting up our connection to past.
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Published October 16th 2012 by It Books

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Those old vintage photographs you find in your mothe 's attic, or loosened in albums that drift to the floor when you open the album, all yellowed, torn and shabby edged, with people you do n't feel a thing about.

For one, we do n't print photos anymore.

Likewise, are we all diligently captioning when sharing photos, or adding to a photograph 's metadata?

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Though some ( hi!) would argue that the subjects are all murder victims, and that a junk shop is a brilliant dumping ground for trophies of your victims if the police get hip to your murder jive, I till like looking at vintage photos of nobody strangers because it give me feel small in a decen way, and it 's fun to make up stories about them.

After I endured an especially bad day, kindly karen sent me large selection of Ransom Riggs' collected photos featuring text in the borders, on the images themselves, or written on their backsides.

The end.Wait, wait, wait, but I have to share my favorite mug shot, not because it 's eatured in the ook ( because it 's not), but mayb because we are sorta on the matte.

P.S. If there is memoir of vintage mug shots out there, I might like to think about it.

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I might try to tell you how heart-wrenching some of these partly-told stories can be, but it wo n't be very convincing.

What images will we leave to our grandkids when our digital files are obsolete?

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Ransom Riggs ( of " Miss Peregrine 's Home for Peculiar Children " fame) is a collector of vintage photos, many of them dug up from antique stores and flea markets.

Thi only clues to these photos are the inscriptions written on them by either the photographers or the subjects themselves.

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It lent the mutest of snapshots a voice. ” I personally love looking at old family pictures of mine to see what ’ s changed, so his was certainl an insightful take on such an interesting subject.And I have th eeling that the pictures included in his collection will stay with me for thi surprisingl long time.Here ’ s ome of my personal favorites out of thi collection: They ’ re true hidden gems that made me laugh and cry and contemplate, and I 'm just really thankful that his book exists.

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