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September 16, 2011

11:59 AM

Brooke Sussman
  • Brooke Sussman
Found images make the story

Found images make the story

Ransom Riggs, author of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, builds a story around found photographs. These black and whites -- like the one of the levitating girl on the cover -- are, as Riggs notes in the photo credits, "authentic, vintage found photographs" that haven't been altered. He thanks the collectors who spent years rescuing these snapshots from flea markets, antiques malls, and yard sales for the simple reason that these images are as rare and special as the subjects portrayed. While the story stands alone as a transfixing piece of fiction, the fact that these photographs are authentic is, in itself, entirely captivating.


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