He tapped the shutter, freezing a moment of hope, of promise.
July 21, 2018 4:23 AM   Subscribe

"Late one night inside an art-filled home on a tranquil parkway in Silver Spring, Md., a woman decided to take her laptop to bed with her. She clicked on a story about an old picture. Her eyes widened. “No,” Michele Holzman thought to herself. “That couldn’t be me. Could it?”" How a Washington Post story about the two unidentified people in a beautiful old photograph leads to a reunion of one of them and the photographer.
posted by Stanczyk (8 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Lovely.
posted by Fizz at 5:12 AM on July 21, 2018


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posted by taz (staff) at 5:23 AM on July 21, 2018 [7 favorites]


Googling the title also works for a lot of paywalled stuff, including WaPo and NYT

Really enjoyed the article, but was sad and feel it speaks to the way our society works that only one of the participants has been found and it was the relatively middle-class white woman.
posted by TedW at 7:38 AM on July 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


Yeah, it's only half of the story. Hope he surfaces, due to the publicity. This great photo should have been published in 1968, and become very well known - it could've been influential, with its title, "Amen. Ay-ay-men. Amen!"
posted by Rash at 8:38 AM on July 21, 2018


I hope the crowd-sourcing efforts focus equivalent efforts on finding the man in the photo, and that he’s alive so he can also hear how much the photo meant to the photographer.

(Also, the article says that Holzman’s father was Chinese Hawaiian. As a biracial person myself, I wouldn’t call her white. It feels like erasure of her father’s side of the family.)
posted by creepygirl at 8:53 AM on July 21, 2018 [12 favorites]


Point taken; I would change my comment if I could.
posted by TedW at 9:01 AM on July 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


now it will be swell if the black dude is found too
posted by growabrain at 9:25 AM on July 21, 2018


Kind of cool they both continued in their activism.... Eagerly awaiting the finding of the mystery dancing man!
posted by chapps at 9:48 AM on July 21, 2018


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