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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Oakland Three

Oakland Three

Driving to Oakland I saw these three guys against a beautifully painted building. I pulled out my Calumet 4X5 large format camera and made this picture. Funny that they never seemed to move a muscle. Oakland, CA 1990. View full size.

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I wish I knew enough about art to understand why I can't stop looking at this photo!

Didn't move

Looks like they - along with the building - could have been there since the 20's or 30's!


This photo was never published and I am happy to hear your comment even after nearly 30 years.

Art in Verite

My, one nice shot!

Whether it was planned or just opportunistic - the colors, the composition, the 'tone' of the piece - it's just a very pleasing picture, In My 'Umble Opinion.

Thanks for sharing it!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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