This talk is a part of The Vernacular Photography Festival:
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.
Stay tuned for an updated schedule of events!
Albert Tanquero is a Cuban transplant that grew up here in Chicago. In his now words - Have been here for 35 years and love the city. It's informed me and shaped me. I was always eccentric, artistic, and misunderstood. I was an art major in high school but received a bachelors degree from De Paul in English Lit. Since graduating I've worked as a waiter, a caterer, in a non-profit and now I am co-owner of a small greeting card business. But my passion is really in visual language. Through collecting and selling snapshots I feed my artistic soul. I love connecting (by selling) vernacular photos to artists and collectors, I love seeing images of people. It's almost an act of voyeurism but it's also about preserving them. It's an archeological exercise almost....you have to dig (or someone has done it for you), you catalog it, it may end up in a collection, in a museum but the point is that it's saved. Some of my happiest moments have come from finding a really great photo. There is a light that goes on in your head or in your heart and that's when you know you are a true collector. When you find that one photo that made it all worth it.