Pop Photographica: Photography's Objects In Everyday Life 1842-1969
By Dalie Kaplan
with an introduction by Maia-Mari Sutnik.
4to. pp. 95. profusely illus. in colour & b/w. wrs. Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario, .
Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the AGO.
In the traditional versions of the history of photography, vernacular practices have rarely been examined in depth. It's many spendid creations have existed on the margin and their absence from photography's historical narrative has consequently left a curious gap. Only recently, with an increased focus on the vernacular and on studies related to material and popular culture, the everyday domain of photography has not forged so much new history, but rather an alters native concept of the traditional canon. Focusing an the everyday object adorned with photographs. historian and guest curator Daile Kaplan has called this tradition of vernacular expression pop photographica. She describes the popularization of the photographic medium in its affiliation with hand-made and everyday consumer objects such memorial, keepsakes, souvenirs, accessories. furniture, lamps, Jewellery, trinkets. and more. Largely conceived and produced by the ingenuity of many anonymous creators, these objects argue for a place as markers of meaning in the direct and intensely personal way in which we ground our life in our own identity and our associations.
The idea of pop photographica challenges our notions of art, science and craft, and contains an argument for collapsing the boundaries of photography's art history for the inclusion of a vernacular history. This accompanying publicatlon to the Pop Photographica exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, offers new insights and adventures into seeing and thinking about the power of photography.
Richly illustrated. with a way by Daile Kaplan, introduction by Maia-Mari Sutnik, Associate Curator, Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario; and preface by Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO, Art Gallery of Ontario