Lost & Found
Subjects from everyday life, local architecture and portraits are included in this exhibition that presents vernacular photography drawn from the DIA’s and private collections in the U.S. Vernacular photography is considered by museums and collectors as an “accidental” art form created by unknown and often untrained photographers. Rediscovered and recovered from flea and antique markets, online resale sites, in attics, yard sales or even found in the trash, vernacular photography speaks to past eras, people and place with a naïve or unintentionally artistic approach. Highlights from this exhibition include selections from the James Pearson Duffy collection of photographs – Duffy, a local collector and amateur photographer, made over 500 snapshots of Detroit taken in the early 1970s. In addition, the exhibition will include photographs from the internationally acclaimed vernacular photography collector Peter Cohen.