History's first amateur photographers lived at the beginning of the 20th century, when photography was just one of many technologies that were dramatically altering the ways people related to themselves & to others. The people who lived in America then were part of social transformations of unprecedented scale. Technology dramatically altered the way they related to themselves & to others. Here, Chien has selected 89 images, printed on postcards & left by these anonymous photographers, weaving them together with beautifully crafted text to provide a poetic sketch of their lives & changing times. Their images lead us into an America not our own -- but one that we may recognize as part of us still -- about 85 years ago.