The Most Amazing Found Photos Ever
August 19, 2008 7:36 AM   Subscribe

The Most Amazing Found Photos Ever
My friend James discovered these old photo albums on a market stall in East London. Each one is meticulously laid out with photographs spanning the lifetime of a woman with Down's Syndrome. Her father, a keen amateur photographer, methodically shot hundreds of portraits of his daughter and wife. Evidently the family's favourite pastime was to get dressed up and pose for the camera in the garden or by the seaside. You see images of girl (who I'm guessing was born in the 60s) become a grown woman. You then watch her condition gradually deteriorate (sometime in the 90s). This photo-biography might sound melancholy, but it's actually the complete opposite.

Her name is Janice Wilson. I know this because a Riding For The Disabled certificate that she won in 1984 is tucked inside one of the albums. There are no other clues as to her identity. I contacted the riding school, but their records do not go that far back.
posted by Faustino (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

These pictures made me cry.
posted by parmanparman at 8:24 AM on August 19, 2008

Me too.
posted by maryrosecook at 3:37 PM on August 19, 2008

Do their people go that far back? What I mean is, if you can't find records. Perhaps you can find memories.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:42 PM on August 20, 2008

The mother just disappears after a while. The photos have ended up being sold in a stall in East London; perhaps the father disappeared as well.

I cried too.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 12:53 AM on August 21, 2008

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