Santu Mofokeng, from Black Photo Album | Look at Me: 1890–1950, 1997, Courtesy The Walther Collection
Santu Mofokeng, from Black Photo Album | Look at Me: 1890–1950, 1997, Courtesy The Walther Collection 

The Shadow Archive

08/12/2017 - 31/03/2018

The Walther Collection Project Space 
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718 
 
NY 10001 New York

walthercollection.com   

 
An Investigation Into Vernacular Portrait Photography

The Walther Collection is pleased to present The Shadow Archive: An Investigation Into Vernacular Portrait Photography, an exhibition that examines the uses of photography to document, record, and identify individuals from the 1850s to the present. The Shadow Archive inaugurates The Walther Collection’s multi-year series of exhibitions focused on the history of vernacular photography—utilitarian imagery made primarily for commercial or personal purposes, rather than aesthetic ones. Entitled “Imagining Everyday Life: Aspects of Vernacular Photography,” the series considers the social and historical significance of non-fine-art photography in a wide range of applications. 

“Imagining Everyday Life: Aspects of Vernacular Photography” will include five exhibitions in New York and an international scholarly symposium in Fall 2018, culminating in May 2019 with a comprehensive exhibition organized by Brian Wallis at The Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm, Germany, and accompanied by a catalogue co-published with Steidl.