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"Vernacular Photography from the Collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman" at Philbrook Downtown

Aired on Thursday, February 6th.

Ever flipped through a box of old photographs at a flea market --- or perhaps a soon-to-be-discarded album of family photos at a garage sale --- and then stopped to wonder, at some point, about a certain image: "Who are these people? Where did this come from? Who took this? And why was it held on to?" On this edition of ST, we're discussing an interesting exhibit now on view at the Philbrook Downtown space, "Unexpected: Vernacular Photography from the Collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman." (The show runs through May 11th; Philbrook Downtown is located at 116 East Brady Street.) Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman (of Congregation B'nai Emunah here in Tulsa) and Rand Suffolk (the Executive Director of Philbrook, who curated this show) are our two guests today; they talk about the shared characteristics of the many "found photos" comprising the Rabbi's personal collection, about how this collection was carefully edited down to the 40 or so snapshots in the "Unexpected" exhibit, and about the mysterious, alluring, and even talismanic properties of vernacular (or "found") photography in and of itself. Also, you can learn more about this engaging show at this link.

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