When I founded Stockopp.com LLC , my primary objective was to provide "a home" for the thousands of photographs I had shot around 1970. While I had access to a darkroom and chemicals in the 1970's, I was able to print a small selection of the fabulous negatives I had shot on my Nikon F camera.
Thanks to a scanner and Black and White software on my computer, I have over the past years been able to "resurrect" many images which otherwise would have been unseen by myself and the viewing public for over 40 years.
Many of my Black and White photographs have been published either here or in printed publications, but now I am on a schedule to scan and upload as many of my "un-resurrected" photographs as posssible (and put them in "The Seventies Archive"on Stockopp.com ) . As I mentioned in two previous articles about my photographs in Gothamist , these "newly printed" photographs tend to have a different photographic style than , let's say the photos in my "Classic OPP" gallery here on Stockopp.com.
This photo is from "The Seventies Archive" gallery here at Stockopp.com . The following photo is from my "Classic OPP" gallery on Stockopp.com.
As you can see, the later photo is quite stylized and dynamic within the frame. This is my photograph that appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1972 ( personally chosen by then photo editor Annie Leibovitz ). It is composed in a slanting triangular way to emphasize the black dress and white shoes of the model in the photo.
So ultimately what is the value of resurrecting the photographic past? For young people, it is a periscope into a period they literally did not live in. For older people it is a time to rethink their individual pasts in term of my photos (and what it shows them).
Luckily, photography redeems all our pasts by showing us clearly what was , presents it in the present tense, and refires our imaginations.
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