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August 15, 2017

Americans Seen: Fascinating Black and White Photos Show What Life Was Like in Boston From the 1970s and 1980s

Boston has changed a lot since the 80s. That was the pre-digital era, when children and teenagers still hung out in their neighbourhoods and parents were a bit less paranoid. Life was lived outside in public more.

Taken by American photographer Sage Sohier in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, the portraits give an interesting insight into how people lived their lives in Boston.

Sage said of her work: “These photographs were made between 1979-1986 when I was a young photographer living in Boston. In that pre-digital and less paranoid era, families––and especially children and teenagers––used to hang out in their neighborhoods.

“A kind of theater of the streets emerged from the boredom of hot summer days and it was a great time to photograph people outside. Undoubtedly my own childhood afternoons, often spent in my neighbor’s basement creating theatrical productions with the four kids who lived there, helped to form my vision of the play of children as a kind of rite or performance.”



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