Who We Were by Michael Williams
A Snapshot History of America

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Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation's history.

About Michael Williams

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Michael Williams and Richard Cahan write award-winning photography books. They are co-authors of Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City. Nicholas Osborn is the founder of SquareAmerica.com, a website celebrating the American snapshot. All three live in Chicago.
Published October 1, 2006 by CityFiles Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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This tour of snapshot history lacks the scholarly perspectives of recent books such as 2007's The Art of the American Snapshot, taking a more populist approach and comparing snapshots to folk songs as repositories of everyday life.

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