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Vernacular photography

Geoffrey Batchen

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Meaning both ‘indigenous’ and ‘ordinary’, the word ‘vernacular’ could conceivably be applied to any photograph. However, since the turn of the 21st century, scholars, dealers, and collectors have commonly attached this word to those photographs not considered to be artistic in intention or function. These include snapshots and most forms of commercial photography, but also photograph albums, hand-painted and framed photographs, and a variety of objects embellished with photographs. More rarely, the term is used

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