My dream of developing a virtual archive and gallery has started to come true. Encouraged by the good experiences I’ve had marketing digital downloads of mid-century photography from my Etsy shop, Our Kodachrome Years, I have opened an online store at my own website, The William & Ruby Hinson Photo Archive, named in honor of my parents who have entrusted their collections to me.
The Hinson Archive has a unique and irreplaceable perspective on Americana and the American South of the nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, including the mid-Atlantic regions of Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina. The twentieth century imagery has the benefit of the impact of Kodachrome, a lost process. Every image was composed by a photographer who was more than a documentarian, but also an artist. In addition to those vintage color slides, I have many old photographs from my mother’s family that were taken in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They are beautiful artifacts in and of themselves and hold a wealth of information about the times in which they were produced. That collection is in the process of being digitized and added to the Archive as well.