Larry Clark and William Gedney: documentarians of the prehistory of the Trump era

A Larry Clark archive is at

https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/larry-clark?all/all/all/all/0

A William Gedney archive is at

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gedney/?keyword=kentucky

Forty years ago, the prophetic photographs were silent and still. We thought they were archaeologies of civilizations relegated to the archive. Now they pass among us in color and motion, telling us in their dead language what we have become and retweeting the corpus in the language of the undead. We are joining them in the archive.

The metaphor “a window into the past”

Transport is drawing so close to you now that through its window you can see where behind the Motorman’s shoulder you will ride. Place his obolus in your mouth for the fare and prepare to board.

Source: Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004677189/. Photoshopped.

Origin and terminus: Louisville, Kentucky, March 5, 1923.