Talking Pictures



When I tell people I collect snapshots, I usually get a blank stare. So I made this video to help explain why I love them. Also: Talking Pictures is now a book! 200+ of my favorite photos-with-writing-on-them. It comes out in October, and you can pre-order it from Amazon or BarnesandNoble.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Pictures-Images-Messages-Rescued/dp/0062099493/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339623445&sr=8-1

or

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/talking-pictures-ransom-riggs/1110766586?ean=9780062099495

Music:
“Gruyere” by Podington Bear, used under a Creative Commons license
“Last Kind Word Blues” by Geechie Wiley, recorded 1930, no known copyright

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Fahad Hameed

Fahad Hashmi is one of the known Software Engineer and blogger likes to blog about design resources. He is passionate about collecting the awe-inspiring design tools, to help designers.He blogs only for Designers & Photographers.

47 thoughts on “Talking Pictures

  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    This made me cry ._. plus, it made me wonder why families throw away such memories.. I guess people just want to forget who they came from.. WHAT they came from.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    You are my inspiration Sir Ransom Rigs! I hope you get to visit Philippines someday. I hope I get to see you and talk to you in person. With love, J.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    one of my favorite thing about miss peregrines home for peculiar children was the odd and old photos in it.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    You are an amazing writer. I have the movie and last two books on my Christmas list. I think I'm getting Hollow City because my sister told me not to buy it when I was at the bookstore this week

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    This is awesome! I have a shoebox full of old photographs & postcards some dated from the 1920's I bought at an estate sale in Fla. So interesting to read the backs of the pics & postcards!

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    This reminds me of One Hour Photo. The monologue Robin Williams gives is so deep and moving to me:

    "I'm sure my customers never think about it, but these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time. The shutter is clicked, the flash goes off and they've stopped time – just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture." – Robin Williams as Sy Parrish –

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    You're such a great author!
    You don't only write books, you also invite us into your adventures and unique hobbies and stories. I'm very thankful for that and I'm in love with those things, too :))♥

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    its sad there's not stores like this in my country :/ want to collect some thought.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    This is the most amazing hobby ever. I also love looking at old photos and wondering about the people, the context, and so on. Your books are amazing and the photos are beautiful. Congrats on having your own movie now too

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I love your videos. I think I've watched them all. Beautiful messages that make me smile, make me cry… Please keep making them. Please keep writing.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    In one of the pictures on the back it says Jaleen March of 1959. That's my name.I thought it was odd since it's not a very common name.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    i do the same thing but with notes and postcards from inside books at flea markets people slip them in then forget about them and sell them.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I love your Books!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for the adaptation/movie to be made!!!!!!!! I sure will be the first one there!

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    You resurrect the dying.  The photos won't be here for long, not the way they were.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    It's interesting to know that some people don't want to leave images behind after they pass. I would like to have a better understanding of that.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    It was bizarre to watch this video. I have been doing the same thing for years. I thought it was odd thing I did and kept it to myself but now I have been liberated.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I love your videos, films whatever you want to call them, they have a crazy vibe, always transport me to another universe ! Sir, my respect to you and your work !

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    Still one of my favourite videos on YouTube. I also enjoy looking through bins of photos at flea markets. There are also a few trunks full of photos at my grandparents' place I rummage through from time to time. I would also love to find the Last Kind Words Blues 10 inch single.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    i was brought here on suggestion by your good buddy, John Green.

    this video is truly incredible. one of the best ever uploaded here, perhaps.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I used to pursue the same hobby, the images had to say something to me, a few people standing in front of a house had no meaning to me.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    You have sparked an inspiration to look for old photos and make up characters like you did with Miss Peregrine's and Hollow City. :3 I know what I'm doing when the flea market is open. I'm not sure if people would be selling them, but it's worth a shot to look! 😀

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    This is fascinating.  I really love those old photos.  I'd like to see more.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I've loved this video since I fist watched it two years back. It feels like it could be the opening of a movie.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    I also have collected old photographs for many years and wasn't sure why until I saw your work. I guess I've been hearing the talking photos and didn't realize. There voices are so gentle and bypass the ears. Thanks for this great work and translating the beautiful voices of the past.

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