Photos of immigrants from the early 1900s in present day New York City


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/01/photos-of-immigrants-from-the.html


#2

These are lovely! Thanks for sharing.


#3

OMG! That third photo is my grandfather!

GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY YOU FOREIGNER!

MAGA!!!


#4

The true anachronism in the first picture is the pay phone.


#5

I appreciate these, and some are quite striking, but I must say:

There’s nothing like crafting an artistic statement against xenophobia by exclusively using images of Europeans/Caucasians.

I suggest a variation of this project, but with the indigenous Lenape people rather than white Americans’ great-great-grandparents. Or perhaps the West African people forcibly taken to New York and sold into slavery. Or maybe someone should insert into pics of early 1900’s NYC some photos of the orders-of-magnitude-more-diverse immigrant population residing in that city today.

Also, that guy in the phone booth in the first picture is clearly Salman Rushdie.


#6

Yes, surely the artist could have selected images of the Lenape from the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of 17th and 18th century photography.


#7

There are Lenpe alive today. And they have had their photographs taken. There’s a common problem where some people act as if indigenous Americans only existed in the past.


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