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July 21, 2020

45 Intimate Portrait Photos of Young People of San Diego in the Early 1970s

These intimate color photos were taken by American photographer Harold Gee that show portraits of his young friends in San Diego from 1971 to 1975.


“Late Sixties, and I was timid about carrying a camera because there were a lot of folks that were suspicious of anyone carrying a camera...probably with good reason. It was a period of social upheaval, drugs that were fun but illegal, mass protests and political activism, and all this combined with police that used infiltration and snitches to bust people (and they also had cops with cameras).

But I started snapping a few photos of my friends, and as time went on people got sorta used to me having a camera. The general paranoia about cameras dissipated as the years went on.

These scans are from the negatives, which have been stored in a non-climate-controlled environment (mostly in hot & humid New Orleans) for approximately four decades. Most of them show some degree of degradation upon close inspection.”

















































8 comments:

  1. I am glad you can't smell pictures.

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    1. You and me both! What is it about California hippies that makes them look so much more filthy and nasty than other hippies?

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  2. Two of the photos were taken at San Diego State University. I recognize the background.

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  3. And it's Inevitable Smell Commenter at #1!

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    1. He's not wrong, despite the cliche.

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  4. And yeah, that's SDSU. I was walking around the corner of (I think) that building once (library?) and collided with two rollerskaters.

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  5. At least they don't have tattoos, wear jewelry in their noses or pierced tongues.

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