Eight. Conclusion

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Putting the Lid on the Shoebox

It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.

—Elliott Erwitt

I can vividly picture the cardboard box that holds hundreds of photos I took in my teenage years that didn’t make it into my diligently kept photo albums. This cardboard box is bigger than a shoebox (and a bread box, for that matter). It’s a mess of photos and mismatched, unmarked negatives packed into a storage unit within a hulking complex of buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Before having the box, I remember always feeling slightly irritated that there were so many extra, ...

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