Past GlimpsesPeaks into a lost age

The Anonymous Project charts our history
through a series of lost and found photographs.


“The magic of colour photography is that when the chemicals on the film are exposed to light, colour is created. The problem is that these chemicals degrade over time, eventually leaving no trace of the image” – The Anonymous Project

A couple of years ago Lee Shulman, an award winning filmmaker,  bought a box of vintage slides and had no idea of what was about to discover. The mysterious box contained the photographic past of an anonymous, talented individual. Those photographers contain a peak into a past that seems very far away now and they are now a worldwide recognised project. Life, often unstaged, caught in lush Kodachrome color. These amateur photographs are a kaleidoscopic diary of that era, all the more fascinating and arresting because of their unpolished quality.

Now, The Anonymous Project goals are to collect, scan, and catalogue colour photographic negatives and slides from the last 50 years.
From the period of the early 1950s, when prices for color photography had dropped to where it became accessible to non-professionals, to the rise of digital cameras, color photography soon developed into the dominant medium to capture daily life. Not just weddings and graduations, or friends posing for friends, or families gathering for portraits, but everything.

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