Lost & Found: Vernacular & Found Photography

Friday, August 22, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at The Cleveland Print Room
Lost & Found: Vernacular & Found Photography features found photographs from private collectors and found photo dealers from around the country.Wikipedia defines vernacular photography as “the creation of photographs, usually by lost and foundamateur 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.

Robert Jackson from Seattle, Nigel Maister from Rochester, Stacy Waldman from Easthampton, MA, Erin Waters from Lancaster, PA and CPR’s director, Shari Wilkins are all contributing found photographs to this show. Watch for more contributors to be announced soon.

During the opening night, exhibition contributors will also have tables set up to show and sell their found photographs.

Additionally, 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.

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