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Vernacular Spectacular

How Photographic Objects Have Changed Our Idea of Photography
written by: Daile Kaplan

During the past 30 years photography’s status has been dramatically altered. Once a marginal area of aesthetic endeavor that was seen as a mechanical art form ridiculed by the academy and public alike, today it occupies center stage. Contemporary artists’ uses of digital photographic imagery have been foregrounded in the media and at auction, which have also heightened awareness of works by analogue practitioners. As the field has continued to develop, museum curators and private collectors have revisited vernacular photography in all its guises—snapshots, family photo albums, commercial pictures, as well as applications of photographs onto three-dimensional decorative and functional Read more »