Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vernacular Photography

Vernacular Photography refers to images taken by anonymous photographers, using everyday objects, people, and scenes as their subject. These photos are considered “accidental art” in that they are often unintentionally artistic. Vernacular photos can be collected “as is”, or used to create compelling new works of art.

On Friday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m., Steve Bannos – actor, comedian, writer, and internationally renowned dealer of Vernacular Photography – will appear at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. Best known for his portrayal of teacher Frank Kowchevski on NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, Bannos has also appeared in the films Superbad, Unaccompanied Minors, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. His skills as a Hollywood copywriter have earned him the nickname of “the Comedy Doctor”, and his Vernacular Photography collection – which currently numbers over 825,000 snapshots – has appeared in books, museums, films, album covers, and private art collections worldwide. (

Learn how to collect and make the most of found photos! To register for this program, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 or visit

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