Uplifting photography collection looks to showcase everyday moments of joy

By Jack Williams


This uplifting photography collection looks to bring a little joyto counterbalance the negativity in the world – as it celebrates the simple beauty of ‘Life’s Happiest Moments’.

The images are part of a newly-released book, ‘Joy! Photographs of Life’s Happiest Moments’, and they feature the smiles brought about by everyday occasions, however big or small.

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These include vintage shots of children joyously being soaked by fountains, wedding days, and even the excitement brought about by Beatlemania.

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The book is published by Chronicle Books and was brought together by author, designer and gallery directory Bruce Velick.

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Bruce’s subjects range from the old to the young, new images to some that are decades old – but happiness is the universal thread that runs throughout.

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Bruce said: “After having looked at thousands and thousands of images and selecting those for the book, one of the great joys of a curator is how the images are arranged, how they talk to one another.

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“Or, as I like to think, how they hang together.

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“While each image was chosen on its own merits, I love how the pairings show the universality of a smile and a feeling of joy.

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“The images collected here come from photographers from around the world — China, France, Greece, England, Iran, Austria, and the United States.

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“They include many of the world’s best-known photographers and the dates the images were taken range from the early 1920s to the present.”