vintage collection

nick dewolf photo archive

i’ve been meaning to tackle this topic for a while, as the nick dewolf photo archive is the largest collection of vintage photos i’ve ever seen (so far closing in on almost 40,000 photos) – so i’m finding it pretty difficult trying to pick my favs to show you! the story behind the archive is presented by steve lundeen, who is nick de wolf’s son-in-law:

as a photographer, nick was ever ready and ever present, leaving behind many thousands of pre-digital images, dating well back into the 1950′s. he carried a camera with him at all times, usually a family of cameras. if you knew nick, you got used to this…eventually, he’d be pointing his camera at you. i am working to post nick’s images in their original sets as they are scanned and processed, somewhere in the order of 20-50 images a day. for those wondering “how much longer can this possibly go on?”, i can only answer, “the mountain is high, the journey is long.”

what an absolutely great story, it makes you realise that you simply have to carry your camera with you all the time – imagine the pictures you’d be able to show your kids one day. also this guy was shooting film, which is a thousand times more admin than our handy digital cameras… here are some of my favourites (i love the hippies)

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the visual telling of stories

my heart rate literally shot up when i discovered the visual telling of stories, a seemingly never-ending library of vintage illustrations & design. for a second i had a bit of a gollum moment, imagining myself sitting in the dark scrolling through pages of old drawings muttering about my precious. on the front page chris mullen (the owner of the site) states, “it’s bigger than you could ever think – just explore”. you bet i will, chris. here are a couple of gems for now, but be rest assured that i will be sharing more as i go deeper down the rabbit hole…

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