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National Gallery of Art Hangs Snapshots From Seattle Man's Collection

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Associated Press - October 21, 2007 11:45 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of amateur photographs collected by a Seattle man are now hanging in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The snapshots come from the vast collection assembled by Robert Jackson over the past decade from flea markets, art fairs and sales on eBay. Jackson is a Seattle financial analyst who collects photographs in his spare time.

The images show scenes that could have come straight out of the family photo album - birthday parties, farm life and road trips.

About 200 anonymous pictures make up the exhibit, titled "The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978."

Curators wanted to chronicle the development of amateur photography from the invention of the Kodak camera in 1888 through changes in technology, styles and subjects.

Jackson's favorite images are some of the trick photos people made by trial and error or even by accident, such as with double exposures. One depicts a headless man with four legs pointing in all different directions.

A public symposium at the gallery next month will feature photographers, scholars and collectors discussing the history of snapshots.

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