Ooh! A beautiful, artsy mystery! Here’s the scoop… a couple of days ago, wedding photographer Meagan Abell posted these images, and this message to her Facebook page:

“I found 4 sets of medium format negatives while I was thrift shop hunting a few weeks ago. They were sitting in a box of old vintage photographs in these plastic sleeves, and from what I could tell, they had been taken sometime in the 50’s. So obviously I brought them home, and today finally had them scanned in, and holy wow they are beautiful!

NOW this is where I need the Internet’s help. I would absolutely love to find the women in these photographs/the photographer who took them. The only info I have is that the negatives were found in a thrift store on Hull St in Richmond, VA. They are medium format, and judging by the style of dress, made in 1940-1950. The owner of the thrift store had no idea where they came from. I’m posting the best/clearest scans of the images, so if y’all could share this around, HOPEFULLY we can make it go viral and find the original photographer/subjects!”

So cool… and some of the most beautiful, haunting photos I’ve ever seen {reminds me of the final scene in Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus} If you have any info you can comment on her Facebook page, and if you share any info you can hashtag it ‪#‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬. Here’s one more closer view of the woman in the photographs… recognize her?


comments (6)

  1. Shawn McNulty /// 08.03.2015 /// 3:33pm

    Fascinating story and amazing photos!

  2. Jenn /// 08.03.2015 /// 3:54pm


  3. Laurie Carter /// 08.04.2015 /// 4:57am

    Stunning! What a find. I thought of the end of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening when I saw them. If you ever make prints let me know, I’d be very interested!

  4. Michelle /// 08.05.2015 /// 10:24am

    Reminds me of the last scene in The Awakening by Kate Chopin!

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