To quickly explain [art collector Robert E. Jackson’s snapshot acquisition] method: He does most of his shopping on eBay — and the [snapshot] photos have often passed through many hands before reaching him. They’re often first discovered at estate sales, then sold at flea markets, then purchased and curated by eBay vendors — who then sell to collectors like Jackson.
In the process, a bin of family photos gets whittled down to, say, a series of people blowing out birthday candles. Suddenly, a theme emerges. A story. (Albeit one often unintended by the photographer.)
"It’s all about the mistakes," Jackson says, describing the things that catch his eye — like double-exposures, lens flares or people in the air. The quirky. The curious. The intimate.
Photography Phone Call: Are Snapshots Dead?
Photos from the collection of Robert E. Jackson
Produced by: Claire O’Neill