Minutes, Days, Years, is a body of photographic work presented in an installation format alongside a written companion book. In this work I seek to rebuild my mother’s memories which were lost to electro-convulsion therapy that she received in January 2012. The images are 42 cyanotypes on glass, made from personal archive photos from the years 2008-2011; the time period which her memory is most damaged, and the time I began learning photography. These images are placed atop a 60-inch by 14-foot paper backing, made of two images from the same time period. Minutes, Days, Years references photography as manipulatable memory, the historical and contemporary usage of the cyanotype, color theory and the impermanence of memory and image.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Artistic; Memory in art; Cyanotypes

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Student Type


Degree Name

Photography and Related Media (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)


Christine Shank

Advisor/Committee Member

Roberley Bell


RIT – Main Campus

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