Exhibition \\ Photography

Accidental Mysteries

On view June 23, 2007 to January 27, 2008

Accidental Mysteries presents over 65 vintage snapshots from the collection of John and Teenuh Foster. Vernacular photography refers to the scope of photography taken for personal use: family portraits, travel albums, holiday photos and more. Many of the images contain accidental double exposures or other darkroom mistakes, creating unintentionally idiosyncratic compositions. Presented outside their intended context, the photographs become pieces of larger historical and societal movements. They also take on the reflections of the viewer, who is left to ponder the mysterious circumstances in which these photographs came to be.