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Introduction The purpose of this study is to analyze a set of photographs of my ownfamily in order to integrate the meanings of private memories and publichistory within the photos generating a narrative family story connectedby a sort of thread This thread is a key in this research paper whichwill tell how my fathers patriarchal role has changed over timeevidenced by his different postures within three photographs ofconventional family events Among photographs I have received from mymother in Korea I have selected three photographs of my family andtitled each photo in figure 1 2 and 3 Family Gathering on ChildrensDay in 1907 My Brothers Elementary Graduation in 2001 and CelebratingChildrens Day in Toronto in 2003 These photos all contain my familymembers as a subject matter feature specific family events organizedchronologically In this sense I employed a research method of bothdiachronic and taxonomic orders - borrowing Selukas terminology1999 p 185 - homogenizing three photographs from an isolated singlephotograph As Holland 1991 mentions that family photograph is aprivate medium and its simple imagery is enriched by the meanings webring to it p 2 Therefore in this research paper by analyzingand interpreting my family photographs the uncovered private and publicmeanings will be enhanced further generating a historical family storymore than a mere image itself Three Photographs of My Family My grandfathers house in Go-Chang the countryside in Korea isfeatured as a background with the subject matter of eight family membersFigure 1 This family portrait shows a traditional family consistingof three generations My grandparents in their late seventies stand atthe back of the centre my father and mother seemingly in their earlyforties and mid-thirties each stands on the left and right side endWhile the youngest kid my two-year-old cousin is protectively held byher grandmother two lively boys my eight-year-old brother and afour-year-old cousin in the centre seem like being captured whileplaying and lastly a six-year-old girl I stand firmly right in frontof my father Except two boys in the
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