Tuesday, August 2, 2011

American Graffiti In The Lost And Found

Everyone knows that lots of photos are taken during the filming of a movie. A lot of them never see the light of day. Some are used for lobby cards, posters and for general promotion of the film the others get filed away somewhere. Problem is without proper organization these hidden gems can go missing forever. During an upgrade to the archives at the Magnum Photo Agency they discovered that they had hundreds of thousands of these untagged pictures. Magnum hired Tagasauris (a company that tags photos) to make their database more searchable. Then with the use of a “Semantic Graph” they discovered links between photos. Turns out they have been sitting on 21 never before seen pictures that had been taken back in 1972 during the filming of American Graffiti. That’s right Dennis Stock snapped these beauties of George Lucas, Haskell Wexler, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Donna Wehr, Paul Le mat, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Bo Hopkins, Manuel Padilla Jr, Beau Gentry and even a nice shot of Harrison Ford back in 1972. Who would have thought that almost 40 years after the filming of our favorite movie that there would still be something new to see. Now kick back and just try to wipe that smile off of your face.


I think George is saying there are over a hundred posts on this blog check it out.

Magnum Photo Agency have shown all 21 of the pictures they have about American Graffiti.

  Just remember there are other untapped archives out in the world.

Keep this under you "Cap". I don't mean to toot my own "Horn" but I happen to know there are still at least 200 never before seen pictures from the filming of American Graffiti out there. (no questions please)