seventies

Portraits by Robert Holmgren

Robert Holmgren is a photographer based in California who is originally from Rockford, Illinois. on his flickr page is a collection of portraits he scanned from old negatives dating back to 1971. here are some of my favourites.

They range from my hometown Rockford, IL, my first photography classes in Southern Illinois University, to homes in Kokomo, IN, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Menlo Park, CA and places in between. They include family, friends, co-workers and strangers. I wasn’t intending there to be a common linkage, only a record of seemed interesting at the time.










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The Seventies

The 1970s is a set of photographs by spysgrandson. click on the pics to be taken to the original photo.

friends, May 1972, El Paso desert. Annette the cussing poet and Bob the voice of the opera–taken with Polariod Land Camera

long haired leaping gnomes, sand dune, 1971, east of El Paso. Paul, the Zen wine salesman, Annette, the cussing poet, and Bob the voice of the opera–and of course there are stories behind each of these titles

trust, on the Mekong, Vietnam, 1970

1971, a smile for a lonely soldier. while I was in Vietnam, my buddy (who was in ‘nam with me) had a sis who sent me letters and pictures to cheer me up–did a good job–mail call was a big deal, especially when it came with a picture of a sweet Cailfornia girl

“you won’t get him to go any faster by talking to him…” just before being drafted, my bud from Vietnam, hanging with unknown cow rider–this was taken early 1971 in the pasture behind his Yorba Linda suburban home–it is no doubt all California suburbia now

The “Hair Days”. Camping in the Davis Mountains, spysgrandson at 23 in August, 1975

tres amigos en El Paso, hippie wedding day, 1975

sprouts and pines. my friend, Dan, hair in ponytail, eating a sprout sandwich in the Sierra Nevada in 1976–the sandwich was on whole wheat–I knew that was important to some of you

the conversation, courtesy of the old Canon F-1. with friends, August, 1976–this beach is at Bodega Bay, the site where Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was filmed a dozen years before–love the clarity of this image taken with the Canon F-1 back in the days before digital.

On top. Organ Mountains, southern New Mexico, 1974, spysgrandson with friends

mysticos in the Sierra Nevada 2, 1976. I found my slides and had them converted into a CD–this pic was previously posted after being scanned from very small original–the 3 men in this photo are the “Tres Amigos” in a photo in my hippie set–this is a year later than the Tres Amigos photo–I had cut my hair to be “establishment”—if that term in that context is strange to you, you will be around long after I am gone–peace

French beauty in the Land of Oblivion. I don’t remember her name (it was 37 years ago)… I only know my friend had a thing for her and she climbed well–she made it to the top of one of the peaks in the Organ Mountains in New Mexico (and she looked much better in real life than in 2D)

desert dwellers, happy hippies hiking. in the Organ Mountains in New Mexico–1970s

all photographs by spysgrandson

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yakkety yak

i received the most incredible mail from sally yesterday – she says,

I loved your post about Life photos from Princeton in 1969! I figured if you’re into that kind of photography, you might interested in a resource I found. The University of North Carolina, the school I attended, has apparently archived all of its yearbooks online (well, from the 1890s up to the 1970s) here. I know it’s just another school in the Southern US and may not immediately appeal (although it is the oldest public school in the US! With one of the most beautiful campuses and the BEST basketball team in the country, if I may say so :), but I think the photos and fashion found within are on par with those in the Princeton article.

jeesy creesy – talk about an understatement, sally! the first year i explored was 1970 (still can’t shake the seventies fever guys) and i immediately started saving pics – revelling in all the cool campus girls… until i saw the incredibly creative yearbook photos of the college sororities & frat houses. ding ding ding. all i can say is, i would have been the motorcycle gang frat house groupie.

click on the images for larger versions

needless to say i will be revisiting this incredible resource & sharing more soon enough. be sure to check out sally’s post about the yearbook pics here – a great read & loads of pics.

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black hills, 1972

black hills, 1972 – photos from two sets at the nick de wolf photo archive

Summer 1972. Set includes pictures taken during a trip through the Blacks Hills of the Western United States; to include shots of the All-American Indian Days celebration in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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backpacker magazine

i wrote a post about backpacker magazine covers from the seventies back in 2009, but unfortunately lost it to the gods of unreliable image hosting. so i thought i’d remind you that you can actually browse back issues of backpacker magazine on google books (from 1973-now)

i have spent an unhealthy amount of time ogling backpackers wearing woolrich & sporting glorious moustaches

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1970’s

what i love most about these photos is that for all you know they could have been taken today, until you look a little bit closer and notice tiny details that are truly seventies. they are from the collection of lisa ann wilson, “unearthed never-before-seen box of photos taken of / by my mother in the early 70s”

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gucci’s corduroy

did all the designers of the world flip a switch of some magical machine that travels across the ocean and reads my brain waves? because they’re hitting all the right notes for the new collections. i mean, i don’t even like gucci… usually. these are three looks from their pre-fall 2011 collection that i love. that green get-up is amazing  – except for the bag. still can’t get the bags right, gucci.

images courtesy of style.com

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