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.
Photo Analysis back cover

Beach photo


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

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

  5. I have had a copy of this book in my personal library for years, it’s actually an interesting read, but it is really out of date.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….

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

  7. 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.

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

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