Ode to Collecting Found Photos October 09 2013, 0 Comments
Eloquent ode to collecting found photographs. Robert Skingle, veteran dealer says "Instead of being thrown away, these photographs live on." Vintage vernacular photographs is one of the fastest growing collecting areas in art and photography.
Found Photos That Belong Together August 29 2013, 0 Comments
Happy Birthday, Unknown photographer. Left, Vintage Photograph, 1947. Right, Vintage Photograph, 1959. Available on ProjectB.com
Sometimes found photographs from different places and times seem to belong together. Each of these snapshots features wall papered interiors and birthday cakes. Both however, also reveal the casual presence of a possible danger - a rifle aimed point blank and lit candles on a young girl's lap. They are each interesting images but as a diptych their subtleties are accentuated and a new story emerges about odd and menacing birthdays.
Pink Poodles Always In Fashion! August 28 2013, 0 Comments
One of my favorites from our new collection featuring dogs is this over the top pink poodle! With fur dyed (probably with beet juice or food coloring), pom-poms meticulously clipped and adorned with bows, the pink poodle sends a message of Hollywood Baroque, even in Middle America. Who knows if this poodle knows or cares how he looks? He exists, as many dogs do, as an avatar of his owner…in this case, a clear fashion statement. What do you think his/her owner looks like?
(pssst..hey you, if you feed my image to your blog please credit www.projectb.com. Merci beaucoup!)
Appreciating Found Photos August 14 2013, 0 Comments
image © Jane Waggoner Deschner. from the garment series (little boy, dragon), snapshots of James "Jimmy" Schelfhout, 2011
There is a growing awareness that pre-digital snapshots are quickly becoming obsolete. In view of this more is being written and considered about their cultural value (including about artists who use found photos). In the last few weeks, three note worthy articles have come out on the topic: listen to NPR's interview with Robert Jackson "Are Snapshots Dead?"; read New York Times art critic Roberta Smith's exhibition review: "Not for the Family Album: Snap Noir and Photo Brut Display Found Photos"and feast your eyes on artist Jane Waggoner Deschner's stitched photographs featured this week on John Foster's Accidental Mysteries blog.
Hooray for art and found photos!
Vernacular Photography: The Art of the Found July 31 2013, 0 Comments
Courtesy ZieherSmith and Winter Works on Paper
Click on this photo for a fantastic overview of the state of vernacular photography as art and curatorial practice. A must read if you are a vernacular photography collector!
Mystery Diva Snapshot July 20 2013, 1 Comment
We review thousands of vintage photographs in the Project B archive before deciding which images would make great wall size prints. I try to imagine photographs people would want to put on their walls. I came across this 1965 snapshot and doubt anyone would choose it to go over their couch! This photo is a mystery; are we looking at a zombie woman, a man in bad drag or an aging opera diva?! What do you think?
Splash! July 18 2013, 1 Comment
Collection of Barbara Levine / Project B
This photograph of a woman, complete with her 1920s bathing costume, is a picture of summertime vacation fun. Stay cool, stand and splash in some water!