The month of July was the beginning of Blvck Vrchives  a platform I’ve created that extracts events from history and curates them in a digital space alongside photographs (featured on Lost in Urbanism), text, and archival footage from across the Internet.

The platform allows me to delve deeper into the black experience, deeper into the narratives of black lives. Thank you all for continuing to spread the word! Follow the Blvck Vrchives curated journey through history on Instagram. 

This shot was taken on Halloween, October 31, 1977. There appears to be a headless grocery shopper strolling along Wayne Avenue in Germantown.

The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin staff would often manipulate photographs prior to publishing them in the newspaper. The above photograph was featured in an article on Philadelphia houses. A woman blocked their shot, so the Bulletin painted the background over her head and cropped the image just above her shoulders.

The published image.

From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection.


July 19, 2012 –

January 6, 2013 

Guest-curator: Monica Espinel

The Bronx Museum

“This group exhibition, named after Carlos Monsivais’ book of the same title, takes the work of Mexico’s renowned photojournalist, Enrique Metinides, as a departure point and complements it with the work of contemporary artists who also capture the human experience in the metropolis. The photographs and video-based works provide a glimpse into the emotions and events that run rampant in cities where massive concentrations of people congregate, including notions of isolation and chaos. ”


Last week we visited the Temple Urban Archives to review footage for our upcoming screening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was fun to watch John set everything up on the Steenbeck. A true delight to watch the film speed through the reels and hear the gears turn lightly behind the audio of the movies.

They also have a great archive of maps, newspapers, press photographs and other documents. Surely worth the trip for anyone interested in urbanism, cities, films and documentary studies.

We hope you’ll join us for the screening.

A social space cannot be adequately accounted for either by nature (climate, site) or by its previous history…Mediations and mediators have to be taken into consideration: the action of groups, factors within knowledge, within ideology or within the domain of representations. Social space contains a great diversity of objects, both natural and social, including the networks and pathways which facilitate the exchange of material things and information.

Henri Lefebvre


“The Mechanical man. George German, of the Lobster Club, was the human robot in the annual Mummers’ Parade today. He demonstrated the mechanical man of the future.”

1936, Jan. 1.

From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection: