Photographic histories tell visual stories of the past and present an accessible history to the public.

They often come in the form of books about towns, communities, or local companies with numerous images of historic photographs and captions describing the image.

However, historians question the creditability of these works as they are often produced for anniversaries and other occasions that call for a presentation of “happy history.”

Jay Price examines the problems associated with these histories and the opportunities for interpretation in a highly visual culture.

He provides a guide of the challenges associated with creating these works and what to consider to make a viable photographic history.