vernacular photography


Antique photos of California criminals sell twice in four months

A book filled with mug shots of early 20th century California prison inmates sold for $31,200 at Swann Galleries in New York just four months after it was sold fro $2,150 at an Oregon auction. The fascinating book features 710 photographs and was once owned by the San Francisco Police Department, an early proponent...

Priceless Moments: Vernacular photographs are a snapshot of folk art

Vintage snapshots have become collectible for three reasons. First, even the best pictures are still relatively cheap. Second, the lowly snapshot has been the subject of at least half a dozen critical books and a number of museum shows. Third, people are becoming sophisticated and aggressive in their pursuit of the best examples.