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New DIA exhibit examines "found photographs"

Jun 25, 2018

An exhibition of "accidental" art will open at the Detroit Institute of Arts on August 26th.

"Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA's Collection" will be a collection of photographs from around the U.S. and Detroit, taken by unknown and often untrained photographers.

Some of the work will feature James Pearson Duffy, an amateur photographer and collector, who made over 500 photographs of Detroit in the early 1970's, and Peter Cohen, an acclaimed vernacular photography collector.

Beyond the work and collections of these two, this exhibit will feature photographs found at flea markets, online resale sites, attics, yard sales, and even the trash. Some of the photographs were taken at carnival photo booths and commercial portrait studios, but the DIA's collection also largely draws from family albums and personal photographs.

The photos will span from the 1860's to the 1970's, and offer a look into the city of Detroit, with themes of automobiles, families, and everyday lives. Museum director and CEO Salvador Salort-Pons says in a statement the exhibition "brings to life how photography reveals the relevance of our shared experiences."

This alternative look into Detroit's history will be on display at the DIA until March 3rd, 2019