The Vernacular Portrait
Found Snapshots from the Accidental Mysteries Collection
by John Foster
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About the Book
John Foster is a graphic designer, educator, curator, and a longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for over ten years and has been reviewed and featured in Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek Online, Phaidon, SF Gate, The Village Voice and many others. In 2005, Art & Antiques magazine named John one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES, an organization dedicated to saving and preserving arts and cultural environments; and is an Advisory Board Member of the Folk Art Society of America. John was a co-founder of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri and for 10 years edited their publication. He has been a guest speaker at the American Folk Art Museum in NY, The Peabody-Essex Museum; and at numerous museums, art conferences and universities across the country.