Within the past few days, since our May 21st auction catalog has been online, I’ve received a number of inquiries from clients who
asked, “What is vernacular photography?” They were surprised to learn snapshots,
industrial and advertising albums and three-dimensional objects are avidly
|Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, from The Last Sitting, oversized Fuji Crystal Archive contact sheet, |
1962, printed 1979. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500. At auction May 21.
As auction house specialists, we champion all forms of photography.
But, as the global marketplace for art has increasingly focused on contemporary
examples, the public’s awareness of classical photographs–those intimate
black-and-white and albumen prints created by talented artists (who happen to
refer to themselves as photographers)–has been obscured. Enormous color works
by popular brand-name artists dominate the headlines.
The vernacular images and objects in our May sale, which
have been integrated alongside “high” artworks, may be seen as a bridge between
classical and contemporary expressions. After all, the constellation of
photographic imagery is vast; discovery and inspiration can be found by looking
in unlikely and, yes, even ordinary places.
Editor's Note: read a great profile on Daile in the May/June 2015 issue of Photograph Magazine!
Labels: 19th century photographs, Bert Stern, Daile Kaplan, fashion portrait, Marilyn Monroe, Vernacular Photography