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Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs

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By Tanya Silverman A unique election season just wrapped up at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One thousand candidates stayed in the race from September 21, 2018, through January 12, 2020, representing the experiences of everyday people and places, bringing diverse cases from history to the fore. Ultimately, 101,276 votes were cast for a series of atypical contenders portraying typical scenes: vernacular photographs. For the exhibition “Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs,” UMMA invited visitors to decide on the 250 items that will enter the museum’s permanent collection. Vintage prints of persons amid...

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