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Vernacular photographs
Installation by Laura Ruth Bidwell
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, gift of Peter J. Cohen
In this selection of vernacular photographs, everyone was well known to the photographer as a friend, a relative or a loved one. To us, however, they are now strangers. Collected from flea markets, antique stores and on-line sellers by noted collector Peter J. Cohen, these once-familiar images are of unknown subjects by anonymous photographers. This installation by Laura Ruth Bidwell brings together strangers who never knew each other and can't be known by us. Nevertheless, our minds seek connections between every image, the hint of a back story that has a familiar beginning but whose ending will always be a mystery.