- “…what this book reminds us of so vividly is that, even as technology changes, many of our habits remain the same. There are some things that are universal even as time goes by.”
- “Flipping through, you may find yourself yearning for a past you never experienced.”
- “Heartwarming anonymous images of life in the 1940-70s.”
- “A snapshot of humanity – before the proliferation of Snapchat and Instagram – that delves into fascinating, universal and deeply connective stories.”
- “The lost picture archive capturing the magic of amateur film photography.”
Midcentury Memories. The Anonymous ProjectHardcover, 9.3 x 12.4 in., 4.94 lb, 280 pages60Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
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Past Lives in Kodachrome
A view into how hundreds of anonymous people documented their existence
It all started with an innocent purchase on eBay. Filmmaker Lee Shulman bought a set of 35mm Kodachrome slides—anonymous family photos—and was so taken with what he calls “the emotional value of these slices of life” that he knew he had to have more. He launched The Anonymous Project in 2017 and has since acquired around 700,000 images either by donation or via vintage sellers. As noted photography critic Richard B. Woodward writes in the introduction: “It is significant—and fascinating—that in virtually every image here, photographer and subject seem to know one another. In this embracing album of humanity, no one exists in isolation. There are no strangers here.”
This curated collection of just under 300 images taken between the 1940s and ’70s offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of these anonymous subjects. The locations, dates, and the subjects may be unknown—but these shots taken by skilled amateur photographers, and the fascinating stories they contain, are universally familiar.
London–born Lee Shulman is a graduate of the University of Westminster. He is an award-winning film director working in advertising and music videos. In 2017, he founded The Anonymous Project, which has become one of the most important collections of amateur photography slides in the world. The work has been exhibited in Paris and Milan and will be presented this year at the prestigious Rencontres D’Arles Photography Festival in France.
Midcentury Memories. The Anonymous ProjectHardcover, 23.7 x 31.6 cm, 2.24 kg, 280 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7584-3Edition: English, French, German