Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

206 Discarded Photographs | 24 Found Stories
Jasmine Lam

The study of the evolution of the image is presented in two complimentary books. The first, 24 Found Stories, explores photography through the lens of memory and narrative, showing the loss of range in photo format as cell phone cameras increase in popularity. The book spans 90 years, from film-based to smartphone photography. While the formal narratives of our lives remain the same, the aesthetic of the photographs transform over the decades, from un-retouched and authentic to uniformly shaped and altered through software. This gradual change is subtle, yet it is noticeable enough to even the untrained eye. The photographs in 24 Found Stories were collected from close friends to distant strangers after being asked to provide a photograph that describes a memory that holds a large importance to them. The second book, 206 Discarded Photographs, is a collection of disposed photographs found at various thrift stores around Brooklyn. The book presents several typologies of social experience such as weddings, formal portraits, and the traces of a baby’s growth. The formal qualities such as the poses and gestures of the subjects of these photographs in each typology remain constant despite when the photograph was taken. Both works speak to the human condition; one through a series of narratives and the other through a visual journey of the trajectory of a life that transcends race, gender, and age. Together these books allow for the reader to feel a sense of connectedness to others while also considering the photograph as an evolving medium.

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Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Erinn Springer

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng