New Life in America - A Journey in Kodachrome

15. 5. - 23. 6.


In 1959 a Swiss scientist and his young family  embark on a journey to a new life in the USA.  A keen and gifted photographer he documents the journey to their new home country and life there with his camera.

Nearly 60 years later the resulting collection of photos simultaneously achieves three things.  In a first instance they tell one family's story in pictures. On another level they provide us a with a fascinating historical snapshot of life in the late 50s & early 60s  -  characteristically set in the warm hue of Kodachrome colours of the day. Above all, the images that compel not through dramatic content but through honest understated portrayal, composition and execution that betray an artistic eye, are an aesthetic jewel of mid-century photography. 


The photos for this exhibition have kindly been made available to Albumen Gallery by custodians of a private family archive. 

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Emigrating on Board RMS Queen Mary - 1959

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Crossing the Atlantic - 1959

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Crew Life onboard 1959

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Arriving in the New World - 1959

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Manhattan Skyline - 1959

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George Washington Bridge - 1960

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Rental Room, Princeton NJ - 1959

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Buying a Corvette - 1960

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Making a Home - 1960

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The Emigrant Couple, Princeton - 1961

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Christmas in America - 1960

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Cars on Nassau Street, Princeton NJ - 1960

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Washing the Car, Princeton NJ - 1960

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Snow in Princeton - 1961

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Picture with American Neighbours - 1960

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Times Square, NYC - 1960

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Uptown, NYC - 1960

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The Waldorf Astoria, NYC - 1960

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Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C. - 1961

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Seeing the Sights, Washington D.C. - 1961

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Driving to the Chapel - 1960

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The Bride - 1960

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Honeymoon Trip to the Ocean - 1960

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Joy of New Life - 1960

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Posing in Yellowstone - 1961

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First View, Grand Canyon - 1961

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Driving West, Navajo Territory - 1961

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American Homes, Daily City - 1961

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Giant Tree Drive, Yosemite - 1962

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Feeling small, Yosemite - 1962

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Palm Springs Hotel - 1963

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Death Valley - 1962

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Pescadero Beach and Coca Cola - 1961

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Pacific, Santa Monica - 1963

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Golden Hills, California - 1963

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Movers - 1963

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Chopping Firewood - 1960

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Grand Canyon - 1961

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Rocky Mountains - 1961

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State Capitol, Salt Lake City - 1961

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Old Faithful Crowd - 1961

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Beetle, California - 1961

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Pop Corn & Ice Cream, Disneyland - 1963