"The photo compendium 'Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography' surveys the expansive field of vernacular photography, the vast archive of utilitarian images created for bureaucratic structures, commercial usage and personal commemoration, as opposed to elite aesthetic purposes. As a crucial extension of its ongoing investigation of vernacular photography, The Walther Collection has collaborated with key scholars and critical thinkers in the history of photography, women’s studies, queer theory, Africana studies and curatorial practice to interrogate vernacular’s theoretical limits, as well as to conduct case studies of a striking array of objects and images, many from the collection’s holdings.
From identification portraits of California migrant workers, physique photographs that circulated underground in queer communities, to one-of-a-kind commemorative military albums from Louisiana to Vietnam, these richly illustrated essays treat a breadth of material formats, social uses and shared communities, offering new ways to consider photography in relation to our political affiliations, personal agency and daily rituals. By reconsidering the multiple contexts and meanings of often-overlooked photographic practices, 'Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography' is a groundbreaking contribution―articulating the vital debates and complexities within an energizing new field.
About the editor, The Walther Collection
Photo books by The Walther Collection
- Unidentified & renowned photographers (as Ed RUSCHA, William CHRISTENBERRY, Arwed MESSMER, Yoshikazu SUZUKI, Eadweard MUYBRIDGE, Alex LINDAHL,
- Tina Campt, Marianne Hirsch, Gil Hochberg, Brian Wallis (eds.), texts by: Texts by Ariella Azoulay, Geoffrey Batchen, Ali Behdad, Elspeth Brown, Clément Chéroux, Lily Cho, Nicole Fleetwood, Sophie Hackett, Patricia Hayes, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, T
- Book design
- Holger FEROUDJ and Walther Collection
- Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 217 x 25 x 3 cm., 432 pp., color & b/w ills.
- Year of Release
- Steidl Verlag, Göttingen
- Print run details
- 1st print run