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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by christilou, Jan 4, 2016.
Photographs of everyday life in 1950s New York City discovered in an attic 45 years later
Some great images there, which deserve to be better known.
Photos are one of the view things that get more valuable as they get older. A hundred years from now people will look at all the street photos people are taking today and think, "What are they holding in their hands?" and "What's with all the beards?"
When I see photos in a different era, I hope they're as nice as these.
More vintage shots from 1930's:
Photos of 1930s New York City by Berenice Abbott
One of my favorite New York things: The Sidewalks of New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shades of Vivian Maier in that first set. I think a big part of what I love about street photography is the feel it gives you of different eras. It doesn't have to be all that great - even the ubiquitous and boring shot of people walking down the street is cool if it's from 50-80 years ago. It gives you a feel for the time and place, whether it's a recognizable place like New York or just about anywhere else. I love these shots - I don't think the shooters were great artists but there's a lot of value in documentary type shooting. Which I guess is what keeps me doing it, if not as much as before. I'm don't consider myself an artist but I'm an OK documentarian. And that's enough to make it enjoyable to me. For sure, there are a LOT more people doing this stuff today than 50 years ago, but there are a lot more people doing all sorts of things today.