The author starts out by asking "what do family photographs tell us?" Great question, but I don't feel she answered it. This feels like an academic exercise. She asks a lot of questions, analyzes some pictures, discusses how family portraiture took off in the Renaissance and how photography made family portraiture available to so many more families. Differences between formal and informal photos. But none of it really added up for me to answers. And then most bizarrely, she ends with this sentence: "In a busy office, a father casts a quick glance at the snapshot of last summer's fishing trip with his son; while elsewhere, somebody's husband grins in the linen closet." ???