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Yesterday a friend invited me to see a wonderful exhibition: prints made from newly discovered glass negatives made by the photographer William Bullard. The photos are of people who lived in the Beaver Brook area of Worcester, Massachusetts, from around 1900 to 1912. They're predominately African Americans, but also Native Americans and immigrants--it was a vibrant, diverse community.

Along with explaining who the people in the pictures are, the accompanying plaques included comments from their descendants. For some, these photos are the first images they've seen of their progenitors. In one case, a photo of a house and its residents confirmed longstanding family oral history that the house had been in the family--it's very moving to see/read about history rediscovered and affirmed.

The liveliness and force of personality of the people being photographed carries through so clearly, just looking at them gives you an impression of having met them.

If you live within traveling distance of Worcester, I highly recommend making a trip to see it before it closes (February 25).

Posing on a sled:

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I love the wife's smile here and the daughter's quizzical look:


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My very favorite, though, is little Luvenia Ward, on the right in this photo, which I snapped myself (hence the unfortunate reflection effect). Lillian and Cora Ward look less certain about this whole photo-taking business:






This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/874363.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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yamamanama
Jan. 15th, 2018 09:45 pm (UTC)
I was there in November.
asakiyume
Jan. 15th, 2018 10:02 pm (UTC)
You were the other person I thought of while I was there--I was wondering if you'd gotten there (and maybe I was subconsciously remembering you posting about it--if you did post about it? That's how foggy my memory is)
yamamanama
Jan. 15th, 2018 11:11 pm (UTC)
I think when I posted it, I focused more on Reusable Universes and the Indian celebrations.

Speaking of art, I was at the MFA recently.
asakiyume
Jan. 16th, 2018 09:21 am (UTC)
I see your current entry has art under the cut--I'll come look.
gracegiver
Jan. 15th, 2018 11:54 pm (UTC)
What wonderful photos. If I lived nearer I'd be there.
asakiyume
Jan. 16th, 2018 09:21 am (UTC)
If I find out more about an exhibition book, I'll let you know!
peachdynasty
Jan. 16th, 2018 12:22 am (UTC)
These are beautiful photos. I'd love to visit if I ever make it up to MA. One of my favorite things is the fashion and of course Luvenia adorable smile.
asakiyume
Jan. 16th, 2018 09:23 am (UTC)
I think I read that there's going to be an exhibition book. If there is, maybe your library will buy it--then you'd be able to see the photos.
peachdynasty
Jan. 16th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh that would be wonderful. Thank you for the info.
nemophilist
Jan. 17th, 2018 09:44 am (UTC)
Those photographs are gorgeous!
asakiyume
Jan. 17th, 2018 11:09 am (UTC)
They really make the past come alive!
oiktirmos
Jan. 18th, 2018 11:51 pm (UTC)
Love the photos.
asakiyume
Jan. 19th, 2018 12:24 pm (UTC)
I wish you could see the whole exhibition, but I'm glad to have been able to share a few of them.
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