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The Relationship of Pictures, History, and Memory Abstract: This essay reflects on the connection of photos, history, and memory based on a found and mutilated photo album. Pictures provide opportunities for restructuring and stopping background by using their fascination to memory; they chance that the subjective, creative ability of the personal explanation and supply an emotional and also ideological grounding for memory. Pictures as signals of memory help in the practice of understanding the present. While this century disappears into the past it's well worth remembering that its path - compared to previous times - has been chronicled by a visual story that depends on the appeal of photographs as means of preserving and distributing information. Pictures emerge as documents of a lived experience, and their existence in the cultural milieu of technologically enhanced contemporary communication practices remains virtually unchallenged in the threshold to the twenty-first century. Photographs are the story-telling companions of time, they direct the gaze of the spectator to consider yesteryear. Reflecting on our own lives we often refer to photographs whose existence requirements our recollection of people and events and keeps them alive. Recently I stumbled across a little family album - a generation after the conclusion of the Second World War - that had been left by an aunt who'd saved it through times of expulsion, flight, and resettlement from West Germany. It was severely cut - pierced but not destroyed by the thrust of a bayonet at 1945 - when the invading Soviet army overran refugees and ransacked their belongings. Its surprising appearance in my lifetime will be a reminder of the ability of photos, the enchanting specificity...