Shawn Michelle Smith
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Excess and Accident
Photographs, especially snapshots, often capture more than their intended subjects. Unwanted or unnoticed things sneak into the frame. People and animals walk in front of the lens. Discarded objects litter yards. Crowds disrupt clear compositions.

Excess and Accident takes these intrusions as its subject. Working with family snapshots from the 1930s and 1940s, I have focused on the people, objects, and shadows that populate the edges of photographic frames. Drawn to the details that were overlooked by the original photographers, I have re-photographed the unintended subjects of snapshots.