The Walther Collection is pleased to present The Shadow Archive: An Investigation into Vernacular Portrait Photography, an exhibition that examines the uses of photography to document, record, and identify individuals from the 1850s to the present. The Shadow Archive inaugurates The Walther Collection’s multi-year series of exhibitions focused on the history of vernacular photography – utilitarian imagery made primarily for commercial or personal purposes, rather than aesthetic ones. Curated by Brian Wallis and entitled “Imagining Everyday Life: Aspects of Vernacular Photography”, the series considers the social and historical significance of non-fine-art photography in a wide range of applications.
The Shadow Archive An Investigation Into Vernacular Portrait Photography
December 8, 2017 – March 31, 2018