Topic: Vernacular Photography

The Collection of Frank Maresca—Courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery
Out There

The American Worker’s ID Badge as Art and a Sign of the Times

Critic Lyle Rexer writes for LightBox on a mesmerizing exhibition of some 250 vintage American employee ID badges imaginatively staged at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery revealing a distant world from our own.

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Robert Crumb—Courtesy of Agence Littéraire Lora Fountain & Associates/Fantagraphics
The Backstory

R. Crumb’s Snapshots: Source Material of the Legendary Comic Artist

LightBox presents a series of unpublished photographs made by the inimitable, prolific and controversial cartoonist as source material for his drawings, a rough typology of traffic lights, power lines and other infrastructure used to fill in his bleak background reality of urban life.

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Phillip Toledano
Out There

Iranian Censorship as Art: Portraits of Absence by Phillip Toledano

Sourced from censored images of women on product packaging found on store shelves in Iran, Toledano’s series highlights the absurdity of the attempt on behalf of state and religious authorities to black out, with marker in hand, one half of humanity.

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Courtesy of Erik Kessels
Out There

The Vanishing Art of the Family Photo Album

Comprising found and anonymous family photo albums, Kessels’ new book and exhibition is the result of nearly 15 years spent rummaging through flea markets and second-hand stores across the globe, a meditation on the nature of obsolescence and a vanishing vernacular art form.

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Courtesy of the artist/ Aperture Foundation
Out There

Bill Hunt’s Unseen Eye

The New York photo collector’s new book and exhibition focus on images in which the subject’s gaze has been averted or covered.

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