Steve Bannos to discuss new art form in TR

Actor, writer and internationally recognized dealer of vernacular photography, Steve Bannos, will speak at a program about his photographic pursuits at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Friday May 7 at 7 p.m.

Bannos, who played the character Frank Kowchevski in the NBC comic-drama “Freaks and Geeks,” has a collection of more than 1 million snapshots in his vernacular photography collection.

Vernacular photography is aesthetically unpretentious and pertains to the images taken by amateur or unknown photographers who committed everyday images to film. Examples include travel and vacation photographs, snapshots of family and friends, even photo-booth images.

Such photographs have been described as accidental art, in that the whimsical images are often unintentionally artistic.

Vernacular photos have become more commonplace in recent years as an art technique. They have become popular with art collectors and displayed in various art galleries and museums.

Closely related to vernacular photography is “found photography” which is often discovered at flea markets, thrift and secondhand stores, yard sales, between the pages of books or recovered from dumpsters and trash cans.

Bannos will discuss these now widely accepted genres of art photography.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register go to the library’s Web site or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.


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