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Joanne Leonard ann arbor, michigan, MI, United States

Newspaper Diary
Project info

As I began my series (in 2006), I thought that (next to fragile clipped news pictures) book pages represented “permanence” – but more and more both newspapers and books are being transformed and “dematerialized” by the digital revolution so my project has become, unexpectedly, a kind of archiving of the hard-copy paper-based existence of both newspapers and books. An autobiographic trace in this work (news-clipping activity being a bit like diary-keeping) continues the thread of autobiography and sometimes feminist commentary (many of the clippings reflect on lives of women) that has run through much of my work, including my 2008 book, Being in Pictures, an Intimate Photo Memoir.