photographic negative


Okay so here’s the lowdown. 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 reblog the shit out of this, I’m hoping we can find the owners of these amazing images.

“Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Throne Hall, Southern Wall, West Jamb of Western Doorway: View of Uppermost Register Picturing Enthroned King Giving Audience under the Winged Symbol with Partly Encircled Figure of Ahuramazda”


glass negative from the Ernst Herzfeld Papers

Freer and Sackler Archives

the Salt Jinx

Originally posted by she-is-beautifully-broken

A jinx, (also jynx,) in popular superstition and folklore, is a curse or the attribute of attracting bad luck. Historically, the idea of being “jinxed” or “jynxed” is particularly prominent in nautical contexts. Ships which suffered a series of misfortunes were considered by many sailors to be “jynxed”, and were then avoided. The jynx might be associated with a particular sailor or passenger, who the crew might then seek to remove.  Note: All magic, especially vengeful magic, comes with a price.


–a 4x5 photograph of the negative person who has been rubbing you the wrong way
–two cups of sea salt 
–a teaspoon of ash
–a cauldron, firepit, fire safe bowl
**NOTE:  If you have a larger photo, it will require more salt.


1.  Place the photo on a flat surface outdoors.  Stare into the eyes of your oppressor and begin to take deep breaths.  In through the nose, out through the mouth, breathe these words, “I am the water and you are the salt.  I will dissolve your presence around me.”

2.  Take your salt and begin to slowly pour it over the photo.  Start with their mouth and cover the face.  Say, “Though we must coexist together, I am the tide and you churn because of me.”

3.  Sprinkle the ash over the salt and chant, “You are invisible to me.  No longer can you effect me negatively.”

4.  Pick up the picture and sift off the salt into your container.  Light a match and burn the photograph.  When the fire goes out and the contents have cooled, stir the remainder and sift into a bottle.  Cork it and keep it in a dark area.

5.  If after that, the person continues to effect you, take a pinch of your Salt Jinx and sprinkle it into your hands.  Rub it over all of your palms and fingers, then wash your hands with warm soap and water.  Chant as the Salt Jinx washes down the drain, “I wash my hands of you.  You are, once again, invisible to me.”


Audrey: The 50s by David Wills

You may know David Wills from his previous book Audrey: The 60s.  A compilation of stunning, highly glossy photographs of Audrey Hepburn from the 1960s.  The cover featured a hypnotic and very mod Audrey photographed by Douglas Kirkland for the film How to Steal a Million.  Now, David Wills has published his second Audrey Hepburn book, Audrey: The 50s with beautifully rich photographs of Audrey from her movies throughout the 1950s. Think Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and Love in the Afternoon just to name a few.  It combines famous movie stills of Audrey as well as unfamiliar, rarely seen promotional photographs of Audrey from her earlier films (as shown above). This book is like dessert: sumptuous, eye-catching, and truly satisfying.  And just like dessert it’ll leave you wanting more!

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