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Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday

Presented by Wellesley College at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday

Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection Gift

Today, we use the phrase “going viral” to describe the rapid reception and reproduction of media on the internet. However, since the dawn of amateur photography in the late 19th century, critics have warned of a “universal snapping psychosis.” Long before the age of the selfie, the craze for candid cameras spawned innumerable tropes that snapshooters found irresistible. This exhibition of early 20th-century American snapshots considers our everyday relationship to photography: the ways

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