Snapshots: The Extraordinary Ordinary

June 15, 2000 - July 21, 2000

Ubu Gallery presented an exhibition consisting of photographs by unknown photographers, most of which were extracted from family photo albums, dating from the early part of the 20th Century through the 1960s. In this exhibition, the process of extraction, selection, collection and presentation have, of course, profoundly changed the way in which these photographs were perceived. When presented in these exhibitions (Ubu Gallery’s exhibition was concurrent with an exhibition of “vernacular” photography from the Thomas Walther collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art), these anonymous photographs transformed substantially from what they were when pasted into photo albums as pieces of family history. The collector/curator, through the intervention of his “eye,” did, in effect, become a collaborator, if not the artist.

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A.D. Coleman / “Snapshots: The Extraordinary Ordinary”

The New York Times / Weekend: Photography Review / June 9, 2000 / Michael Kimmelman
The Art Newspaper / Focus on Photography / No. 110 / January 2000 / David D’Arcy / 1 reproduction
Art & Auction / New York / June 2000 / Victoria Pedersen / 1 reproduction
New York Magazine / Listings / July 10, 2000 / 1 reproduction
Paper Magazine / Gallery ‘Go Round / Victoria Pedersen / 1 reproduction
Millionaire / Arts & Antiques International / Charlotte R. Kaiser / 1 reproduction