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Photo Series Honors The Age Old Photographic Tradition Of Giant Fingers Getting In The Way

originally posted on: The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank
September 16, 2014

The tradition of photography has undergone oh-so-many changes throughout the centuries. From the camera obscura to the daguerreotype, from black-and-white film to color, then the digital revolution, the malleable medium of photography has never stayed still for long. However, throughout all the technological progressions and ideological meanderings, one thing has stayed constant.

Behold, photography’s universal constant: the giant finger.

Whether in black-and-white family photos, retro polaroids or contemporary selfies, us humans are unanimously prone to the glorious accident that occurs when finger meets lens. Most often a giant, peach smudge in the corner of a shot signals a defective image that can be tossed out. But when combined together, the crop of photos obscured by giant fingers offers a strange alien beauty and a universality that’s somewhat comforting.

KesselsKramer Publishing has compiled a series of found photographs suffering from finger intrusion in the book “Attack of the Giant Fingers.” The book marks the 13th edition of Erik Kessels’ long-running photo series, “In Almost Every Picture,” which chronicles the coincidental trends that run throughout photographic history, often unnoticed. Scouring through found photos from flea markets and old family albums, Kessels crafted an accidental anthology telling a story that was never meant to be told.

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