Salvador Dali

5. Snapshot

Photo historian Geoffrey Batchen describes snapshots as “predictable, conservative, and repetitive in both form and content.” Snapshots, he writes, “challenge us to find another way of talking about photography, a way that can somehow account for the determined banality of these, and indeed most other, photographic pictures.”

A history of the snapshot, Batchen writes, must “account for boredom and ubiquity, the medium’s most abiding visual qualities ”

Batchen, Geoffrey. “Snapshots: Art History and the Ethnographic Turn.” Photographies 1.2 (2008):121–42.