It was the piles of cardboard boxes filling up the offices of The Anonymous Project that caught the eye of the editors of Blind. When we were working on our article about this fabulous project spearheaded by Lee Shulman and Emmanuelle Halkin, we discovered a goldmine: photographs brimming with love, tenderness, and pure joy. Taken mostly by family members of one another, these anonymous images speak of a rare bond between the photographer and his or her subject.
Christmas is a family holiday more than any other. And The Anonymous Project is not unlike a family business: it reveals a vast family of singular photographs which have a particular resonance this time of the year. And that is why Blind would like to share with you these anonymous photographs taken during the holiday season in the United States, mostly in the 1950s. In one, two boys proudly pose with a robot towering over them; in another, a little girl hugs her doll even as she laughs out loud; in yet another, a mother stands next to her son who is drowning in a suit a couple sizes too big… These images will no doubt bring back some Christmas memories and are a charming gift for all of us.
By Coline Olsina & Jean-Baptiste Gauvin