Vernacular photography


Vernacular photography

: "concerned with ordinary domestic and functional buildings rather than the essentially monumental." Examples of vernacular photographs include travel and vacation photos, family snapshots, photos of friends, class portraits, identification photographs, and photobooth images. Vernacular photographs are types of accidental art, in that they often are unintentionally artistic.Closely related to vernacular photography is "found photography," which in one sense refers to the recovery of a "lost," unclaimed, or discarded vernacular photograph or snapshot. Found photos are often found at flea markets, thrift and secondhand stores, yard sales, estate and tag sales, in dumpsters and trash cans, between the pages of books, or on streets and sidewalks.

The use of vernacular photography in the arts is almost as old as photography itself. Vernacular photography has become far more commonplace in recent years as an art technique and is now a widely accepted genre of art photography.

Vernacular photographs also have become popular with art collectors and with collectors of found photographs.

ee also

*Found photography
*Snapshot (photography)
*Snapshot aesthetic

External links

* [http://www.accidentalmysteries.com/ Accidental Mysteries] Collection of John and Teenuh Foster
* [http://ampersandvintage.com/ Ampersand Vintage Website]
* [http://www.bighappyfunhouse.com/ Bighappyfunhouse: Found Photos - Free Pie]
* [http://www.bu.edu/art/webPages/vernacular/index.html Boston University] Vernacular Reframed: An exhibition and conference on vernacular photography
* [http://www.bu.edu/art/webPages/vernacSpec.html Boston University] In the Vernacular: Everyday Photographs from the Rodger Kingston Collection
* [http://community.livejournal.com/foundphotos/ Found Photos on Livejournal] A collaborative found photography project
* [http://www.gargantuaphotos.com/ Gargantua Photos]
* [http://spackle.saysomethingcryptic.com/ Laughter is the Spackle of the Soul ] A gallery of found photos and lost memories, 6 photos added per month
* [http://www.leastwanted.net Least Wanted: a century of american mugshots]
* [http://www.fredericbonn.com/misc/look_at_me/ Look at Me: A Collection of Found Photos]
* [http://museumofvernacularphotography.com/ Museum Of Vernacular Photography] Exhibitions Exploring The Depth And Scope Of Vernacular Photography.
* [http://www.dynamictension.net/Notebook/index.htm The Secret Notebooks] A Story From Found Photographs
* [http://www.spillway.com/ Spillway] Categorized Found Photographs and Printed Matter
* [http://squareamerica.com/ Square America ] A gallery of vintage snapshots and vernacular photography.
* [http://www.vintagepixels.com/ Vintage Pixels] A collaborative database of found vintage photos. Free for use in amateur and commercial projects.


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