Curators love a good mystery, and this one has intrigued us for the past week:
Part of the Kenneth Tyler Collection consists of an archive of over 60 000 photographs that document the activities of Tyler’s print workshops. While most of these photos are of artists at work, sometimes we come across photos of artists at play, such as this incredible snapshot of a party:
The above photo was taken in February, 1968, at Gemini Graphics Edition Limited (GEL) on 8221 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California. While we have been able to identify quite a few of the people in the photo (including a bespectacled Ken Tyler wearing the white T-shirt in the photo’s centre), we are yet to correctly identify everyone.
But the mystery that remains front-and-centre is who is the photographer?
While this may be a question that can never be answered, we are hopeful that some clues will come to light. While we continue our investigations, we thought it would be best to open the question to the wisdom of the crowd: Can you identify any of the colourful characters in this photo? Do you know who the photographer is?
We are fortunate to have a list of names of the people present. So using the diagram below, please feel free to contribute by matching a face to a name in our comments section.
Here are some close-ups:
Please feel free to share, comment and invite friends to contribute.
Curatorial Assistant, Kenneth Tyler Collection