Jennifer Greenburg Inserts Herself into Vintage Snapshots

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In her series Revisiting History, artist Jennifer Greenburg is replacing the individuals in vintage negatives she has found with the image of herself.I commandeer source material from someone else’s life thus taking over their memories to call my own,” she says. Her image is so seamlessly integrated with the original photograph that it is often impossible to decipher reality from fiction – which is exactly the point.

In her images Greenburg becomes many different things besides herself. Like an actor, she makes the moment real, interacting with the other subjects within the scene or reacting to the emotions of that past instant captured in time. “In the decisive moment, I become a musician, a mother, a corpse – even though I am none of those things.

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To Greenburg these images are counterfeit memories. In this sense her work points to the often false memories associated with any snapshot. Were we really having a good time at the skating rink or was that just a forced smile? See an interview with the artist at Feature Shoot or more in the series at

Above: Their wedding was a lot of fun, 2011

My dreams came true the day I did hair for a fashion show, 2013
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My coworker was always jealous of my blonde hair, 2013
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His first haircut, 2011
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That Christmas, I watched water skiing on t.v., 2011
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The watermelon’s were huge that summer, 2011
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Napping with Floyd, 2011
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When he was a baby, 2011
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Something funny happened in the kitchen, 2011
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Finishing school graduation, 2011
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via Feature Shoot

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Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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