David Granick's unseen 1960s Photos of London’s East End offer a glorious Kodachrome history, rediscovered and scanned by Chris Dorley. Most are colorful and filled with life, poverty and halting renewal, but check out this moody still of Stepney Green in 1961. It seems almost science fictional, a view of London that informed literature (consider Ballard) more than cinema (the same environment has a very different quality in the 1962 film Sparrows Can’t Sing). I can imagine setting SF in this precise setting and filmic character. All of this, including the then-new towers, are long-demolished. There's more at The Guardian.
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“I was completely blown away by these pictures,” says Dorley-Brown, of the first time he saw Granick’s slides. “I had always suspected that there was a great color collection of East London photographs taken during this era.”
Dorley-Brown had long been fascinated with the post-war East End, and particularly its depiction in color film. “Granick was an amateur,” he says. “He shot these pictures to illustrate talks he gave to local history groups, and I think that is what makes them so alluring. There is no ‘professional’ agenda here. They are impressionistic, personal. He knew the territory and how to photograph it from an insider’s perspective.”
This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:
Who were we? How did we live, and what did it look like? The vast archive of castoff slides captures, in vivid colors, images of the American family at midcentury. But the stories that go with the pictures are most often lost, and we’re left to create our own, and reflect on millions of conscious decisions to untie the knot of memory.
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This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:
Color slides were once the state of the art in family photography -- vibrant, immersive, ubiquitous. So ubiquitous, in fact, that millions, maybe billions of them survive. A conversation with midcentury pop culture expert Charles Phoenix: What can we learn from the vast shadow world of abandoned slides about the way we used to live in our homes?
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