One of my favorite tumblr’s has to be ‘Found’ a collection of images for the magazine National Geographic that seem to span the twentieth century.
From Korean school girls playing accordions to men handling venomous snakes it opens up a world that for many was not just unseen but unattainable.
For people who probably will only ever vacation in their own country the site of a roaring lion in the African jungle the 1943 would be unbelievably exotic
Of course it’s not just the places. In our Instagram age it’s easy to forget how people had access to a really good camera let alone truly knew how to use it. In this world a good photograph had a kind of magic to it, particularly if it was in color.
And the color photographs in National Geographic in the fifties, sixties and seventies were second to none. They have a vivid richness but also with the passage of time a strange unnaturalness to them that makes seem almost painterly.
Check out http://natgeofound.tumblr.com to go back to an age when photographing a woman underwater was something incredible.