I have dug these pictures out of suitcases, shoeboxes and drawers at fleamarkets, car boot sales, and second-hand shops. I chose them because I loved them for various reasons. The composition, the expression, the colour, the light, or the characters.
Some images are restless and they ask us to pay attention to the stories, both declarative and secretive, that they tell. Others linger on aesthetics, like composition (accidental or calculated), colours, and light.
Some possess a tenderness, might it be happy, sad or humorous. Other more simple landscapes pays attention to depths and lights, and furthermore, invigorates the intimacy between the photographer and the scene.
They are all very different, and from different periods in history. Yet many of them tell similar stories and to me they all share a truthfulness of a moment past.
I used to try and describe every single detail of what I loved about these photographs, and what drew me to them, but it just became ridiculous. Many of them are just beyond description – they're just flat out amazing.
I also include links to other old-school and vernacular photography books and things.
Talk to me @akhagnefur or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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