You’ve probably heard that Google is now hosting the photo archives for “Life” magazine. Maybe you’ve even gone and Googled for classic images and famous people.
But have you looked for Grafton? Surprisingly, it’s here.
This was shot in 1952 in North Grafton by Life photographer Al Fenn, part of a series of North Grafton factory shots. All it says is “Air Force Heavy Press at North Grafton, Mass.”
Part of the same series…
I’m guessing these are what they were actually making for the Air Force?
There are several pages from this series, many just small variations on the same scene. Really fascinating.
There’s just something about black and white photography. Sigh.
The smell of the darkroom chemicals! The experience of seeing the image float to the surface of the paper! The feel of that slippery paper in the tray! The flirting with the cute musician as you hung out by the dryer!
OK, that last one was probably just me. But trust me, setting Photoshop to “grayscale” just isn’t quite the same experience.