About the Book
For many years I have collected old snapshots, carte de visites, and portraits, from Central and Eastern European countries and also from America. These photographs celebrate all the promises of life – marriages, special occasions, and family gatherings. I often wondered how these photographs came to separated from their owners and their descendants, ending up in dusty junk stores and flea markets. I considered many scenarios. Did they immigrate to the New World? Were they taken to concentration camps? What choices did women without family or financial resources face? What social issues did homosexual couples deal with in the early 20th century? Were the marriages happy? Were life expectations fulfilled or not?
In this body of work I have combined found images, my own black and white photographic work and other scanned materials to create fictional narratives for these ‘lost’ individuals.
Annette Elizabeth Fournet has exhibited her photography at galleries and museums in France, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Great Britain and the United States. Her work is included in public and corporate collections such as the Bibliotheque Nationale, San Diego Museum of Photographic Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Prague House of Photography, Dum Fotografie Slovakia, Moravska Trebova Museum, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Mississippi Museum of Art, City of New Orleans Percent for Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana State Permanent Collection, Nielsen & Bainbridge Corporation, Jefferson Pilot Communications, and the Hyde Corporation In the U.S. her work is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery, San Diego, CA: Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA: and AfterImage Gallery, Dallas, TX Annette Fournet lives in Memphis, Tennessee and in Prague, Czech Republic.