Try Not to Smile and Say Cheese

Title

Try Not to Smile and Say Cheese

Creator

Katherine Sun

Description

Photography contributes to the marginalization, stigmatization, and depiction of marginalized communities, particularly racial, ethnic, gendered identities. It is sometimes mean.

Subject

Photography and Marginalized Identities

Technologies and Events in This Collection

Myspace Founded
Soon after the popularization of social media networks like LiveJournal and Friendster, Chris DeWolfe, Brad Greenspan, Josh Berman, and Tom Anderson launch MySpace in August 2006 (Stenovec 2011). From 2006 to 2009, the term “MySpace pic” is…

LiveJournal Founded
On April 15, 1999, the online blogging website LiveJournal is founded, and unlike its competitors at the time, offered both Friend and Community functions. Thus, while being a perfect platform for personal narrative, since it was a “web logging”…

Rodney King Arrest
Rodney King, a Black American motorist, is pursued for speeding, and after a brief chase, three white LAPD officers beat King as 17 officers watch. Unknown to the officers, George Holliday, an amateur cameraman, videotapes the event and sells it to a…

U.S. Combat Forces in Vietnam
Johnson makes the decision, with still some support from the American public to send U.S. combat forces into battle in Vietnam. With the advent and mass popularity of video, television, and photography, people began to visually consume the horrors of…

Brown vs. Board of Education
The Supreme Court overturns the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision, which allowed for state-sponsored segregation, with the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka case. While Brown vs. Board declared the segregation of public schools as unequal,…

Detroit Race Riots of 1943
During World War II, there was large influx of black migrants from the South taking jobs in defense plants, which in turn caused a housing shortage and intense competition for jobs between Black Americans and whites in the North. This racial tension…

The Wagner Act
Often coupled with the Social Security Act of 1935, which prohibited domestic servants and agricultural workers (at the time predominantly African American, Mexican, and Asian) from benefiting from social security, the Wagner Act was passed a month…

Alien Order Act 17, Section 3
In December of 1920, Act 17, Section 3 of the Alien Order Act was passed. This act equipped police officers with the power of photographing any alien. The photograph requirements and camera were not standardized at the time, though they did require…

"The North American Indian"
Photographer Edward S. Curtis begins creating The North American Indian, a forty-volume edition of photogravures and writings that attempt to illustrate Native American life to the mass public. He is the first to document and cite the phenomenon of a…

Facial Recognition Technology
Facial recognition software utilizes automated computational analysis to recognize and then measure the various features of a face. Since every face has different distinguishable “landmarks,” or different shapes and contours that define facial…

Polaroid ID-2
Polaroid ID-2 The ID-2 was a full color system introduced by Polaroid in 1966. The camera was able to process an ID “nearly instantaneously” with its patented photographic technology. The device was actually comprised of two cameras; one…

Leica M3
Released in 1954 and manufactured in Germany, the Leica M3 remains arguably the best 35mm rangefinder camera in its class. When the M3 first came out, single-lens reflex cameras (SLR cameras) were on the rise. This new camera design offered the…

Shirley Cards
Shirley Card Shirley Cards are references photos from Kodak used for technicians to balance exposure, colors, and hues; these photographs were used all over the world, wherever Kodak printers were used. Technicians in film labs use these reference…

Divided Back Postcard
In 1902, British postal legislation allowed for the divided back postcard, which meant it was possible to write messages on the back of the postcard. Originally, the front of a postcard would have a lithographed image or drawing (primarily…

Criminal I.D. Card
In 1883, a French criminologist by the name of Alphonse Bertillon invented the first system of recording physical measurements, taking photographs, and record-keeping for police to identify criminals. Before Bertillon, suspects were only identified…

"The Exhibit of American Negroes"
April 15, 1900 The Exposition Universelle of 1900, otherwise known as the 1900 Paris Exposition, featured a series of photographs compiled by W. E. B. Du Bois and titled “The Exhibit of American Negroes. There were 363 images that showed…

Slave Daguerreotype
In 1829, Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre struck a partnership with fellow inventor Joseph-Nicephore Niépce to develop a method for capturing the fleeting images visible in a camera obscura. The two first successfully establish the daguerreotype…