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Unexpected

Vernacular Photography from the Collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman

(Philbrook Downtown, 116 E. Brady St.) In the early 20th century, inexpensive box cameras suddenly empowered many individuals – without training or experience, often without a basic grasp of artistic practice – to create complex images.  The result was a great eruption of picture making, a flow of creative effort in which ordinary people responded to their experience by holding a lens between themselves and the world.  The resulting images are now referred to as “vernacular photography.” Can a photograph taken by a citizen photographer rise to the level of artistic importance? Where does documentation end and art begin?  Does vernacular photography have a place in our digital present or future?  This exhibition of approximately 40 vernacular photographs will provide a platform for considering these questions and more.