At any given time, tens of thousands of rolls of film and box lots of slides are up for sale at auctions, yard sales, and second-hand stores. The images they record are fascinating enough, but their sale provides a unique context. While thinking that at one time these photographs meant something to someone, the viewer cannot help but wonder why that time is long past. All of the photographs in this exhibit, developed from original film, reveal rich stories that deserve better than to have been sold to a stranger as junk.
Sakulich describes what got him into this endeavor this way: Last year at an auction in Worcester, I bought a box lot that included nine dented cans of Kodachrome film. After getting the film developed, I was stunned. What I saw was not just snapshots of a Pan Am franchise manager’s life in Okinawa circa 1950. It was Art. You can feel the care and skill that went into positioning recording each image. Since then, I have set up my own equipment to scan film and slides, and spend a few nights each week hunting other people’s memories.
Join us for an opportunity to see the photographs and speak with Prof. Sakulich about his adventures in hunting these mysterious images at a reception on September 23, 2016, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Café.