Many of us have read the stories in the past about shoppers discovering old negatives. One of these discovered treasures, for example, was the of the amazing collection from Vivian Maier. It’s fascinating when these old negatives are found, scanned and come alive in prints. It’s then very special to watch as the internet comes alive to help find those people in the prints and return the images back to them or if possible to the original photographer. One such hunt is now underway.
Photographer Meagan ‘Irene’ Abell recently discovered four sets of medium format negatives while thrift shopping in Richmond, VA. They were sitting inside a box of some vintage photos preserved in plastic sleeves. Meagan was able to scan the negatives, and the images they produced were truly stunning.
When Meagan inquired with the owner of the Thrift Store to see if she knew who might have dropped the box off, the owner had no idea. So now Meagan needs our help to find the subjects in the photos or the original photographer. From the looks of the images, it appears that they were shot around the 1940’s-1950’s. There are two subjects in the negatives but shot at different times which makes her wonder if maybe the two ladies were photographing one another.
A hashtag has been set up to help organize any leads or clues that might help Meagan with more information. Please share the story and any information that will assist Meagan along with the hashtag #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives. Looking forward to following Meagan’s story and hope we can all lend our support to her in this exciting hunt to find the models and photographer beyond these gorgeous images.
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