Lost & Found
Vernacular & Found Photography
Wikipedia defines vernacular photography as “the creation of photographs, usually by amateur or unknown photographers both professional and amateur, who take everyday life and common things as subjects….Examples of vernacular photographs include travel and vacation photos, family snapshots, photos of friends, class portraits, identification photographs, and photo-booth images. Vernacular photographs are types of accidental art, in that they often are unintentionally artistic.”
Found photography refers to the recovery of lost, unclaimed, or discarded vernacular photographs or snapshots. Found photos can be found at flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, and in the trash.
Collectors contributing found photographs to this show include Robert Jackson from Seattle, WA, Nigel Maister from Rochester, NY, Stacy Waldman from Easthampton, MA, Erin Waters from Lancaster, PA and CPR’s director, Shari Wilkins, among others.
Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at Cleveland Museum of Art, on the Collection & Art of the Vernacular & Found Photograph. This is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd at 1PM.
The panel features: Robert Jackson from Seattle, Nigel Maister from Rochester, Stacy Waldman from Easthampton, Massachusetts, and Erin Waters from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.