Vintage Photos at Random

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Re: Vintage Photos at Random

Post by donnie » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:19 pm

Kitty wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:46 pm
Maybe it's just me, but it kind of looks like these people are out of place. It reminds me of the colorforms we had as kids. Almost like cut outs that were positioned there. Of course, I very well could be wrong, but that's what they make me think of.
You're right! It does look that way, especially in the foreground, doesn't it? I'll see if I can find an original B&W.

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Re: Vintage Photos at Random

Post by donnie » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:18 pm

Ok, here is the original. It was made by Jacob Riis. I think it was the colorization that made it look a little fakey. And I also found a site that shows a view of the same street as it looks today:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... -diversity
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Re: Vintage Photos at Random

Post by Kitty » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:57 pm

Cool! Very interesting to compare the two photos. Thanks for finding that!
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Re: Vintage Photos at Random

Post by donnie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:27 pm

I was looking to see if any of the buildings seem to still be extant. I think at least one on the right is, though I can't tell for sure.

Here's another interesting one by Riis: pupils in the Essex Market School in a poor quarter of New York, 1887.
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Re: Vintage Photos at Random

Post by Kitty » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:04 pm

Neat! I wonder how those boys' lives turned out.
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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