Monday, May 23, 2016

Americans in Kodachrome – 25 Color Photographs Portray Daily Life of Modern American Culture From Between the 1940s and 1960s

Introduced in 1935 as the first modern color film, Kodachrome was used extensively after World War II by amateur photographers equipped with the new high-quality and low cost 35mm cameras. Americans in Kodachrome 1945-1965 is an unprecedented portrayal of the daily life of the people during these formative years of modern American culture. It is comprised of ninety-five exceptional color photographs made by over ninety unknown American photographers.

These photographs were chosen from many thousands of slides in hundreds of collections. Like folk art in other mediums, this work is characterized by its frankness, honesty, and vigor. Made as memoirs of family and friends, the photographs reveal a free-spirited, intuitive approach, and possess a clarity and unpretentiousness characteristic of this unheralded photographic folk art.

Cowboy Kid, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1955

Pink Barbie, Richwood, West Virginia, 1965

Wedding Musicians, New Milford, Connecticut, 1956

Mother with Green Ford, Pocasset, Massachusetts, 1957

Lambcake, Glasgow, Montana, 1954

Children with Gun, Ruel, Indiana, 1953

Jerry and His '57 Chevy, Kansas City, Kansas, ca. 1962

Girls Eating Watermelon, Russellville, Kentucky, 1953

Blue Prom Dress, Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1961

Easter Sunday, Louisville, Kentucky, ca. 1962

Dancing in the Kitchen, Preston, Connecticut, ca. 1955

Dakota Couple, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1953

Corn and Piglet, Princeton, Illinois, 1951

Golden Girl, Henderson County, North Carolina, 1962

Blue Convertible, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1963

Beauty Contestants, Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Hawaii,1958

Swimmers, Alexandria, South Dakota, 1948

Seventh Wedding Anniversary, Hermosa, South Dakota, 1952


Fire Island, Fire Island, New York, 1959

Bride with Bridesmaids, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1954

Nana and Beba, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1949

Mom with Chiffon Cake, Portsmouth, Ohio, 1950

Four Ladies at Tea. Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1955

Cocktail Couple

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