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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062131699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062131690
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Taylor Jones has found a new way to tell our stories. Dear Photograph is digital nostalgia of the highest order—it will make you smile, maybe cry, and go find your old family photos.” (Frank Warren, PostSecret founder)

“Dear Photograph is a nostalgia bomb-bursting, braincell-twisting, heartstring-pulling roller coaster ride into the emotional unknown. Taylor Jones taps into our secret fears, quiet dreams, and loving pasts. These photos remind us that we’re human and remind us that’s okay.” (Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome)

From the Back Cover

We all have moments we wish we could relive. We'd give anything to skid down the toboggan hills of our youth, to breathe in the smell of our children as babies, or to spend just one more minute with someone we've lost. Dear Photograph provides a way to link these memories from the past to the present, overlapping them to see how the daydreams of our memories collide with our current realities.

The idea is simple: hold up a photograph from the past in front of the place where it was originally taken, take a second photograph, and add a sentence of dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding, which is why millions have flocked to dearphotograph.com and thousands have submitted their own Dear Photographs.

This stunning visual compilation includes more than 140 never-before-seen Dear Photographs, as well as a space for you to attach your own cherished photo. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and, above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.


More About the Author

22-year-old TAYLOR JONES was inspired to start DearPhotograph.com as he flipped through old family photos at his parents' kitchen table. When he came across an image of his brother sitting at that very same table, he lifted it up and snapped a picture of the picture. In a moment, the idea for DearPhotograph.com was born. After taking a few more photographs, Taylor posted them on a website and asked people to submit their own renditions--but he had no idea of the reaction he would get. In just 6 short weeks, millions of people had visited, hundreds had submitted, and Taylor had created an Internet phenomenon that had captured the world's attention.

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After that I decided to purchashe the book as a gift to my beloved one for our anniversary.
Irina
And the viewers of this book are allowed to share these moments of the past juxtaposed with the present... and the private becomes shared and universal.
Jaime Andrews
This book is a beautiful piece and I'm happy to have found a convenient and permanent home for it on my coffee table.
Lauren H.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Andrews on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When memories of the past come echoing into the present, tears fill the eyes. Remorse, regret, longing and nostalgia fill the heart. Old forgotten scents fill the nostrils. Sounds long silent become audible again.

Each picture from the past, when held up to the very spot in which it was taken -- in the light of today -- gains a new luminance. And the viewers of this book are allowed to share these moments of the past juxtaposed with the present... and the private becomes shared and universal. The photograph of a stranger's long-dead father becomes strangely moving when superimposed on the same old sofa he used to sit in. And we never knew the man.

Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to be taken on a journey of nostalgia and unexpected discovery. And don't be surprised if you find yourself weeping over a picture of a lost parent, lover, friend, or brother of someone you've never met.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on April 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book shows the power of the internet. The author took a picture, posted it on a blog and Reddit. It soon went viral.

Then he made this cute coffee table book. Mostly pictures.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lauren H. on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dear Photograph is a photography based book created by Canadian, Taylor Jones. This book is a beautiful piece and I'm happy to have found a convenient and permanent home for it on my coffee table. I'm thrilled when guests are over and pick it up because I know that they too will find the book emotionally touching and well put together.

The captions under each of the submitted photographs completes the story told through the images. One thing that particularly caught my eye was the date stamp in the lower corner of an image of the twin towers and New York City sight line. It was taken September 10, 2001... The day before 9/11.

Dear Photograph has many other amazing submissions in it too and I found myself laughing crying and still thinking about its impact on me even after I finally put it down. I highly recommend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony O'Brien on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been following Dear Photograph for a very long time now and I was overjoyed to hear that Taylor Jones was publishing a book from his extremely popular website. To add icing on the cake I submitted a photograph to his website months ago and needless to say I was speechless to learn that it was selected to be in the book! I'm extremely honored and humbled to have my photo and story shared amongst so many other meaningful photos that speak way more than 1000 words for anyone who takes a moment to gaze and wonder at these pages. I have already spent hours taking in every single page and every single one had a stronger impact than the last. A beautiful book, a great conversation piece, and a phenomenal inspiration for everyone to hold on to their cherished memories.
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By GOONIE on September 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Submitted my own picture back in nov. of 2012 and I would love to know if it made it in the book but I guess I will just have to buy the book for myself to find out. Beautiful meaning, I wish more people created things like Taylor did. Would definitely recommend this to people of all ages, it's very heartwarming and every picture has its own special meaning.
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By Pamela W. Wheary on August 30, 2013
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This wonderful book takes you back to an earlier time. The photographer was very clever in how he placed a current picture in the exact location of an old photograph. The thoughts that were expressed along with the photographs were poignant.
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By jose pablo on July 25, 2013
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so beautiful work i love this book i give a copy to my girlfriend and she is really happy with it
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By Irina on February 25, 2013
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The idea of the book itself is truly stunning. First I heard about the website, visited it and... Well, I cried for the whole evening because of those wonderful touching and really amazing stories there were there.
After that I decided to purchashe the book as a gift to my beloved one for our anniversary.

Some will say that you don't need a book if there is Internet, but this way, printed on paper (of a very well quality I should say) you can always keep it in a place that is closer to your heart than your laptop: on your bookshelf.
And now I'm glad because even if the web-site disappears some day I shall be able to keep those stories, pictures and memories of people that I shall never meet but do understand.

A must for anyone. Well, really.
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