Amazing Photographs of Baltimore in the 1970s

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Photo by Elinor Cahn

 

In the 1970s, photographer Elinor Cahn was a student at MICA. For an assignment in a class on social documentary, Cahn began making a photographic record of her East Baltimore neighbors. That project grew into the East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project, a treasure trove of Baltimore arcana from the recent past.UMBC has digitized the collection, which includes images of early Barbara Mikulski fundraisers as well as John Waters favorite Edith Massey:

 

Photo by Elinor Cahn
Photo by Elinor Cahn

 

Highlandtown pool parties:

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Photo by Elinor Cahn

And of course, crabs:

Photo by Elinor Cahn
Photo by Elinor Cahn

See more of the collection here and here.

 



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