Shari Wilkins found some of her first photographs on the railroad tracks in Lakewood, Ohio at the age of ten. Shari has collected photos since she can remember. Bitten by the photo collecting bug while visiting flea markets in the 1980's in Europe, she scored the best finds in Poland and West Berlin. And as the national sales rep for Celluloid Records and Rough Trade in the 1980's, she had plenty of time to sift through baskets & bags at vintage stores and thrift shops while traveling around the country, augmenting her archive.
Realizing in 2010 that her collection was getting too large to handle, she began selling vintage/vernacular snapshots to local Cleveland collectors. With a father who was a professional photographer, she was raised in front of and behind the camera. When she is not out buying snaps Shari can be found at the Cleveland Print Room. With her penchant for old photos, it is no surprise that she would create a form to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others in the process of developing 20th-century, emulsion-based film and alternative processes in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room which opened in January 2013.
The Vernacular Photography Festival is a celebration of the art and collecting of vernacular photography curated by Ron Slattery.
Over the course of 23 dates, we'll have talks by John Foster, Nakki Goranin, Ron Slattery, Shari Wilkins, Pamela Bannos, Nicholas Osborn, Albert Tanquero and Vanessa Daou.
Other events include a 3D slideshow, scopitone show, community home movie night, a photo booth provided by A&A Studios, and much much more.
There will also be a silent auction of a vintage Vivian Maier snapshot with all proceeds going to Comfort Station.