This conversation will focus on the collection of vintage photographs, those "everyday" shots we all took with our Kodak and Polaroid cameras of our friends and relatives at family gatherings, at the beach or wherever our camera happened to be. What was it in these collector's lives that prompted them to start collecting vintage photos of people they have never met, and what is the thought process which goes into assembling their collections?
Participants in this discussion include:
--Moderator William Hunt, a photography collector, curator, and consultant who lives and works in New York.
--Jane Hammond, a well-known artist who often uses vernacular photographs in her work.
--Daile Kaplan, a pop photographica collector and VP, Director of Photographs and Photobooks, and Auctioneer at Swann Galleries.
--Billy Parrott, a Managing Librarian at Mid-Manhattan Library, where he oversees the Art and Picture Collections. He has collected found photographs for 20 years.
--Brian Wallis, the Curator at the Walther Collection in New York, former Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography, and coauthor of the book African American Vernacular Photography.
As an additional aside, Stacy Waldman is in the process of opening her store, House of Mirth, on 22 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA. She'll have her public opening on Friday Sept. 23rd.