The Museum of Vernacular Photography


ALL MUSEUM IMAGES ARE PART OF THE ROSENTHAL-SHILLING COLLECTION

(PHOTOGRAPHS FOR SALE.  CLICK ON THE ABOVE TABS TO SEE OUR INVENTORY)


THE MUSEUM WILL PRESENT EXHIBITIONS EXPLORING THE DEPTH AND SCOPE OF VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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Over the last several years many people have started to collect vernacular photography.  As a result there are now many web sites devoted to vernacular photography.  Also,  a number of books on the subject  have been published .  The images which appear on these sites and in these books are unique and are thought by the authors to be wonderful examples of the genre. What these collections do in fact is mirror the taste of each individual who has collected them.  As a viewer, you are being invited to take in each photograph and to let it speak for itself.

RES IPSA LOQUITUR 
LET THE THING SPEAK FOR ITSELF


Welcome to the Museum of Vintage Photography. What we will build here is a set of different pages with information and history. Pages can focus on a specific category, artist, technology. 

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WHAT IS VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY?  IS IT ART?  In The Eyes Of The Beholder: A STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS ILLUSTRATED DEFINITION  


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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION


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ONLINE  EXHIBITIONS


We offer a brief history of Mug Shot Photography.  as well as a small rogues' gallery of images.


This is an amusing look at Cameras On Vacation.  as depicted on various postcards


Am I Blue:  The Cyanotype is a short illustrated history of this process


A talented vernacular photographer, The Bridgeport  Cyanotypist, has made a number of interesting images.


A group of images made by The Worcester Cyanotypist showing members of his family and his city



While it is not particularly common, sometimes photographers have taken pictures of their subjects from the back.  About Face



If you wanted a formal photographic portrait made you went to one of the local Studio Photographers



Actors, and sometimes ordinary people,  dress up as someone who they are not.       I'M Not Really

  


Sometimes photographs mirror famous images.  Museum-I'm Not Really...Part II



Many photographs taken by numerous photographers depict similar topics and subject matter.  My Summer Vacation  shows the commonality of just such images.

  


Museum-Powered Human Flight

  


Museum-The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave

  


Who Was That Masked ....?

  



The Look

  


 Amuseur Oculaire.  Small Is The New Big. 

A wee collection of gem tintypes

  


Suspended Anamotion  A photograph suspends time, space, and most especially motion . 

  


Measure For Measure 



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Richard's Rules Of The Road                                                            Historic Events Of The Month    
         






ARTICLES WHICH APPEARED IN EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY PUBLICATIONS:


This article, Photography in a Murder Case , Originally Appeared in The American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1900


Costume Figure Studies    Was originally published in THE AMATEUR  PHOTOGRAPHER & PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS, February 3, 1913)


On Souvenirs   was originally printed in  THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER &  PHOTOGRAPHIC  NEWS.  August 17, 1909.  p. 174. 


PHOTOGRAPHING WATER WONDERS  By WILSON A. BENTLEY.   This article Originally appeared in THE AMERICAN ANNUAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY 1910, Volume XXIV, NY: Tennant & Ward, pp. 84-86.


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Images  from the museum collection are not available for sale