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Llano de San Juan: 1940

Llano de San Juan: 1940

July or October 1940. Church at Llano de San Juan, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.


I miss my Kodachrome

Nothing like a roll of Kodachrome and a polarizing filter. May they rest in peace, gone the way of the steam train and the internal combustion engine. Oh the saturation!

Llano de San Juan

What is amazing is how this image could have been taken yesterday. This church is that unchanged...oh, except the doors are not as white. It's still used on special occasions.

That is the creepiest

That is the creepiest church. Imagine, at night.

Beautiful Sky

Kodachrome and images of the sky seem to go together!

and, they do age well.

Llano de San Juan

There is an interior photograph of a house in Llano de San Juan in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The photo is by Alex Harris.

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