John Foster, TOKY’s Director of Business Development, makes the news yet again — this time for his snapshot collection. Newsweek magazine has a wonderful gallery on the site devoted to John and some selected images from his collection.
John Foster is a meticulous and savvy collector—”and I do not buy in bulk,” he says. Over the years that he’s been collecting personal photographs from garage sales, antique shops, and eBay—including the last 10 to 12 years of hard-core buying—he’s assembled roughly 1,500 photographs that, to him, represent true found-art. Rare is the weekend he doesn’t hit up a flea market or dusty old antiques store, locate a box of old photos, and rifle through them one by one, searching for the single, perfect shot.
“It’s not of any particular period of time, it’s not any particular type of photograph, it’s not any particular style,” he says. “It’s all about the image—how does it transcend the ordinary?” The price of transcendence? As little as $10, or as much as $400—”if you’re buying from people who know what they are.”