Nick DeWolf, MIT graduate and co-founder of a Massachusetts research firm also spent much his life (1928-2006) carrying around a camera and documenting the places he went to and capturing the things he saw. The scale and range of his photography is incredible, especially when you consider it was all primarily captured in a time before digital photography. Over the past year I have been casually following Nick’s life through the medium of his photography – a quiet, appreciative voyeur taking in each photo roll by roll and slide by slide, rather bizarrely through the modern medium of Flickr. The photos are being shared online with the help of DeWolf’s son-in-law Steve Lundeen, who has been methodically scanning and cataloging DeWolf’s life’s worth of photos — a project which sounds nearly as daunting and exhausting as the original.
The photos I have recently been looking at primarily feature the period of the 1960s and the later 1970s until recently when a range of pictures featuring a trip to Europe in 1959 began playing out through the Flickrstream. The trip begins in May of 1959 on an SAS flight from Idlewild Airport (now called John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Stockholm, Sweden. From there the adventures continue on through France, Switzerland and Italy. The images from this journey are some of my favourite from the tens of thousands that have been published by DeWolf, and I am sure that you will enjoy leisurely scrolling through these rare and evocative images as much as I have:
(The complete archive of DeWolf’s work can be found here)