The Anonymous Project curates strange and mundane vintage slides

The Anonymous Project buys batches of old amateur slides, usually with with little or no provenance, then scans the most interesting ones for a long-running art project.

The anonymity invites the viewer to make up their own story about the circumstances and context.

Via their site:

From the period of the early 1950s, when prices for color photography had dropped to where it became accessible to non-professionals, to the rise of digital cameras, color photography soon developed into the dominant medium to capture daily life. Not just weddings and graduations, or friends posing for friends, or families gathering for portraits, but everything.

Life, often unstaged, caught in lush Kodachrome color. These amateur photographs are a kaleidoscopic diary of that era, all the more fascinating and arresting because of their unpolished quality.

The magic of color photography is that when the chemicals on the film are exposed to light, color is created. The problem is that these chemicals degrade over time, eventually leaving no trace of the image. Most color negatives will not survive beyond 50 years. Unless urgent action is taken, this colorful piece of our collective memory, artifacts of daily life from the 60s up through the digital age, will fade out of existence altogether.

This website brings together a unique selection of images for our very own collection that we will update regularly.

Check out their Instagram for some examples:

Goat surprise. 🐐1970. #suprise #goat #backintheday #animalkingdom #bff #photooftheday #holidays #35mm #foundslides #theanonymousproject #anonymousphotoproject #ontheroad #vintage #retro #1970s

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From our Venice Beach collection. Love these two very cool cats. Friends forever. #oppositesattract #keepitreal #shakeonit #bff #venicebeach #muscle #sunburn #mruniverse #1970s #photoftheday #pose #healthylife #vintagephotography #foundslide #ektachrome #retrophoto #backintheday #lifeisabeach #cool #utopia #anonymousphotoproject #theanonymousproject #thong #photography #foundslides #friends #bff

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A giant wall of apples as a backdrop. Fruit was decoration back in 1965. #apple #appleofmyeye #fruit #decor #farm #colorslides #backintheday #whenwewereyoung #thekidsarealright #1960s #vintage #colorphotography #pomme #photooftheday #photography #kodak #apples #holidays #organic

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