This is my presentation on ‘Vernacular Photography’:
Vernacular photography is essentially taking a photo with no setup, a photo of everyday life and activities that is not artificial. This was a big deal when it began as taking one photo was incredibly expensive. Many credit Walker Evans as the first vernacular photographer for his work in the early 1930s after the wall street crash. In my research I found his work to be very moving. He did not glamorise people, but instead showed the true reality of their situation with no money.
With the invention of digital photography coming onto camera phones and social media, everyone every day takes vernacular photographs, snapping a new picture every minute with no regard. It would be strange to go to a new place and not document it with a photograph as it is so easy to take and share an image immediately.