The typical picture is worth a thousand words. Some are far more valuable than that.
You may not recognize that value right away, but, if you’re fortunate, over time, you will.
Multigenerational family photos are a particular favorite of mine — the more generations, the better. Sometimes they are staged as an intentional act to preserve family history. My mother recently gave me a studio portrait taken in 1938 in which she — then an infant — was surrounded by her mother, her grandmother and great-grandmother. [Read more…]