30 Photos Depicting Street Life Half a Century Ago that a Grandson Inherited from His Grandpa

Dylan Scalet inherited a treasure trove of many photographs from his grandpa Jack Sharp, in 2014. He was not able to get around to them until during the coronavirus lockdown when he decided to check on his inheritance. After they digitized the film, he saw incredible street life as it was 50 years ago. He decided to share the never before seen photos.

Because his grandfather died before meeting him, he was excited to get to know who he was through the photos. Scalet was also happy with the fact that he knew that the photographers were great as he learned about Vivian Maier and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

He had to invest in a high-quality scanner to digitize the film. He was able to scan 5000 negatives. He scanned a few pieces at University. 5 years later, he got an Epson V850, then lockdown gave him time.

Jack Sharp hailed from Harrold, UK where he was born in the year 1928. At 27, he moved to Switzerland, where he became an engineer at the Geneva CERN laboratories. As a hobby, he did street photography between 1950-1970. Most of the photos were taken in Switzerland, where his entire family was born. Inspired by his grandfather’s photography, he did a degree in photography.

More info: Instagram | jacksharp.co.uk

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