Joseph Vitone "Family Records" (Photoprints, CD-ROM, Etc.), 1998-2004
Silver gelatin on paper, 11" x 14", unmounted
0.25 cu. ft. : 1 box; 37 items (photoprints)
The artist, who holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, is Professor of Photocommunications at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas. He writes, "These photographs are drawn from an ongoing series called Family Records which was begun around 1998 to document members of, for the most part, immediate and extended families of both my wife and myself. We both grew up in north-eastern Ohio. While the series also includes photographs taken in other states of farther flung family, the majority of the portrait subjects live in or near Akron, former home to the country's major rubber and tire producers including Goodyear, Goodrich, and Firestone. Norton and Barberton and other more rural communities neighboring Akron, serve as locations for many of these images along with Akron proper. He is the father of photographer Dylan Vitone.
Collection consists primarily of 37 photographic prints, portraits of Vitone's extended family in the Akron, Ohio, area, plus other locations, part of an ongoing photographic document called "Family Records"; also two CD-Roms containing images and text. Most of the images are posed environmental portraits showing the subjects' homes or other personal contexts. The original negatives are large-format, 4" x 5".
Joseph Vitone "Family Records", 1998-2004, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist