Robert E. Jackson on the Intimacy of Vintage Snapshots

For collector Robert E. Jackson, snapshots give a “we” kind of intimacy, a contrast to today’s “me-centric” photography.

Jackson has been collecting snapshots for 18 years. In 2007, the National Gallery of Art showcased some of his prints in “The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978.” And while he holds a master’s degree in art history, he is more drawn to photographic imperfections. “A lot of fine art photography is related to the beauty of the print,” he says in an interview with NPR. “Snapshots are completely antithetical to that.”

People then did not intend for their pictures to “get out to a large public” so they recorded more “oddities” and intimate scenes of everyday life. For Jackson, snapshots are about a private “we” rather than a “me” advertised on social media.

Snapshots from Robert E. Jackson’s collection.

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written by K. Aquino on 2015-05-12 #videos #lifestyle #black-and-white #vintage #snapshots #npr #photo-collector

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