Christina Patoski Holiday Photoprints, ca. 1973-1992
Chromogenic dye prints on paper, 16" x 20", matted
1 cu. ft.: 2 flat oversize boxes: 14 photoprints
Dye destruction photoprints
Dye destruction process
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Sun Valley (Idaho)
New York (N.Y.)
Corpus Christi (Texas)
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)
New Orleans (La.)
Santa Fe (N.M.)
Photographer, documentary producer, journalist. Began photographing front-lawn and front-porch Christmas displays in 1973, in Fort Worth, Texas; this inspired her to photograph other houses in many areas of the country as part of an ongoing project spread over many years. She is interested in documenting "unusual" elements of popular culture within a variety of topical fields.
Cibachrome prints from 35mm. Kodachrome slides, documenting front-lawn and front-porch holiday displays (primarily Christmas) in various U.S. cities, including a variety of economic, ethnic, and regional groups, architectural genres, and decorating styles. Several images suggest attempts to broaden the cultural/religious basis of the celebration, combining Jewish traditions with the Christmas decorating tradition.
Cities documented are Denver, Fort Worth (Texas), Minneapolis, Sun Valley (Idaho), Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y., Corpus Christi (Texas), Dallas, New Orleans, Ft. Lauderdale, and Santa Fe.
Photograph by Christina Patoski, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Copyright by the artist
Judaism--Customs and practices
1994.0379 (NMAH Acc.)
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