The vernacular photography from the collection of John and Teenuh Foster will be on display at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum from Oct. 6-Nov. 16 in an exhibit titled “Accidental Mysteries: Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs.”

            John Foster will speak on the collection at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in room 165 in the Art and Design building. An opening reception will follow from 6-8 p.m.

            Vernacular photography refers to the long overlooked genre of folk art that captures elements of history, sociology and psychology. Most often photographs portray everyday life and common people, places and things as subjects. The Fosters collect photographs that combine great design and a sense of mystery, which often results in “accidental mysteries” on film.

            In conjunction with the exhibition, the documentary “Other People’s Pictures” will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in room 165 of Art and Design. The film follows nine obsessive collectors who share a passion for collecting photographs lost or abandoned by their original owners.

            DeVos Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekdays except Thursday, when the museum is open noon-8 p.m, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.  For more information, go to

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Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications