I think of documentary photographers as some of the most important photographers working today, because we’re aiming our lenses at the things that exist today, so commonplace at times, that we don’t even notice them.
But think about being 60 years in the future, 2077, and wondering what a cell-phone store looked like. Or shopping in a grocery store. Things change so quickly. Look at photos from 60 years ago, 1957, and it’s an amazing time capsule to see the ordinary life of that time in photographs.
The goal of this project is to show the events going on, but also the ordinary things that happen throughout the U.S. The everyday to see what we really look like.
What do you imagine Boulder is like? If you’ve never been there, it’s just a word. But photographs of life there gives you a glimpse. Do you picture city space, or rural? In Boulder Colorado, there is not much racial diversity. Take a look below to see–these photographs represent the last five days, Thursday to Monday.
In other states, there is a lot of diversity, and we need to see all kinds of people. Maybe we’ll see that we are all more similar than we expected.
There was a comment on this project from a person in Germany who traveled to the U.S. and was surprised by what he saw.
Unfortunately. I live in Germany and hardly can give any contribution though I would like to. But you’re completely right with the “stereotypes”. We in Germany now have a “special” picture of the Americans – created by media of any kind. When I was in the US, it’s a complete different view and people are people, struggling with everyday life. Vice versa, some became very surprised when I told them I am German. They didn’t think one could talk “normal” with me.
Here are photos from my weekend, showing some of the people that crossed my path in and near Boulder.
Inspired by the vision and drive of Roy Stryker, this New FSA-inspired photography project was founded by Kenneth Wajda, a professional documentary photographer in Boulder, Colorado.
Collecting documentary photographs from photographers around the U.S., the project’s goal is to document the rural and urban lifestyle in the U.S. eighty years after the first FSA photography collection was started for a book project and eventual contribution to the Library of Congress.
All photographers maintain full rights to their images.