A Must-See NPR Picture Show

This is a pretty amazing photographic experience courtesy of NPR. It’s the discovery of lost photographs by Charles Cushman, a hobbyist photographer who started photographing in the 1930s and continued shooting for more than 30 years. The bulk of his archive of almost 15,000 images is housed at Indiana University, and these missing photos—found by photo historian Rich Remsberg in boxes destined for the dumpster—had been separated from the larger collection. What’s most unique about the images, perhaps, is that they depict America in color in an era we’re generally only used to seeing in black & white. The NPR multimedia presentation makes wonderful use of audio narration to tell this tremendous story; it’s a wonderful way to use the web to share photographs and tell stories, and I hope we start to see many more presentations like it.


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