Summer has been slow at Archivast as we work hard to link up with more archives, but we've spent many days digging through the Archives at the NYTimes to see what themes present themselves, and then we can work to link curators to those themes. It's an incredible place at the NYTimes as it's several floors below street level considering the weight of all the paper can't be supported by a typical load-bearing floor of an NYC office building. That said, it's into the lobby, sign in with security and then wait for the DOWN elevator. The doors open into a damp smelling hallway, but once inside the archive it's temperature and humidity controlled and there's just SO MUCH THERE. So far we've been digging through a few themes - New York City night life - people having fun in the world's most vibrant city, fashion through from the 50s through the 90s, botanical photos, dogs, America's West, as well as interiors and food photography done in the New York Times studios. It's easy to loose a day down there no problem - considering there's no internet, wireless or mobile service down there, it's the only time in my life I'm disconnected and it totally fits with the mission in the Archive. Find beautiful, cool photos that would look incredible on your walls at home or in your office, and then match the theme with a curator so we reach the largest audience possible.
Here's a few images and notes on what we are finding --