Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Boston in the fifties

Thanks to the glorious Kepes/Lynch Photography Collection, we experience intimately, down to the cigarette butts in the gutter, Boston in the years between 1954 and 1959. Taken with a 4X5 view camera by Nishan Bichajian, the 1,906 black and white images were made to support the city planning theories of MIT professor Kevin Lynch, who used research garnered from this study, The Perpetural Form of the City (co-organized by MIT professor, Gyorgy Kepes), to inform his seminal work, The Image of the City. Fifty years ago the sun shone no differently, but the guys wore fedoras and the old Hancock was the tallest building in Boston.

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