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Photo Analysis: The Dark Side of Family Pictures

Photo Analysis coverPhotoanalysis: How to interpret the hidden psychological meaning of personal and public photographs

Submitter: Ah, the days when it was a fun party game to ascribe sinister secrets to friends and celebrities.

Holly: That does sound fun!  This book has had a good run, considering the shape it is in. It can now be retired and replaced with something newer on the topic.  I have to say, I don’t get the analysis given of the beach photo (below). There’s nothing sensual about it, and I can’t tell for sure, but I don’t see that the boy is touching himself.

Mary: I am totally ready to start dissecting the pictures on Awkward Family Photos.
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Beach photo

9 Responses to Photo Analysis: The Dark Side of Family Pictures

  • I would definitely weed on condition. I might also ask why that one photo was taken on what looks like a quarter pipe atop an old factory building.

  • I would weed on one condition… This book comes home with me!

    Talk about paranoid! Facinating – i am going to request this on inter-library loan!

  • I don’t get the comment in the text about the son being “still an only child” when there is obviously a little girl in the picture, too! Is that the quality of analysis of the rest of the book?

  • What? You don’t have your family portraits taken on top of old factories?

  • I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the color scheme and layout make it look like a Kodak book.


  • I have had a copy of this book in my personal library for years, it’s actually an interesting read, but it is really out of date. I’m sure it’s not for a modern library … it’s basically what you can read from looking at photographs, nothing really sinister….

  • I own this book! Just ran across it the other day. I’ll have to dig it out and re-read it now.

  • The comments about being sensual and the boy touching himself refer to the rooftop picture on the right, not the beach photo on the left. The comment about a boy being an only child refers to an unseen photo on the following page, not the rooftop photo.

  • I would like to see analyses of this nature done on the book AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS. That would definitely be a fun read.