Intriguing Photo Mystery of Unidentified People in Colorado
For this Robert Grant photo gallery featuring images from around Grand Junction, Colorado, I'm borrowing from the recent critically acclaimed movie "Everything Everywhere All At Once." In this case, though, it's "Unidentified People Doing Unknown Things Across The Decades."
The gallery below features Robert Grant's images of people from Grand Junction and Western Colorado doing fun and exciting things. Some are summer photos, others are winter. Some are from the early 1950s, others from the late 1970s. They all have a few things in common: They're all from western Colorado, and in each case, no information was provided as to why they are, or what they were up to.
Of the thousands of prints and negatives I inherited from Robert Grant, most were stored at random in a number of file cabinets at his home. After he passed away in 2000, those images were relocated to my home. Most were in complete disarray.
There were, however, a handful of boxes that were labeled. Unfortunately, the labels provided very little information. In this case, the box was labeled "People Unidentified."
A Grand Junction Photographer With a Remarkable Memory
Robert Grant had an uncanny ability to remember names and faces. He could remember the name of every person he ever came into contact with. As a result, when it came to his personal collection of photos, he never jotted any information down.
Taking The Next Step With These Photos
The images featured in these Robert Grant galleries are those that, shall we say, didn't make the cut. In other words, the print's exposure wasn't quite right, or he didn't like the cropping, or he dodged it too much, and the print was vanquished to the darkroom floor.
Bob Grant was ultra-conservative when it came to some things, so he rarely threw things away. That's where these prints come into play. Back when I was a kid hanging out in Bob's darkroom, you could literally get paper cuts on your ankles from the prints on the floor.
Archiving These Western Colorado Photos
Researching, documenting, and archiving thousands of photos from Bob Grant's 60-year career is proving to be far too big a job for me. I'm not a historian. With that, I've made the executive decision to hand over all of Bob Grant's personal prints and negatives to the Museum of the West. These prints were delivered to the museum less than an hour after I scanned them.
Robert Grant Exhibit In Grand Junction, Colorado
Robert Grant's 100 birthday is coming up. With that, the Museum of the West is putting together a permanent exhibit of Robert Grant's photos. This will not be open to the public in time for his birthday (May 27), but it is coming soon.
Have fun with the gallery below. Like with any other Bob Grant photos, look closely. You'll pick up on a number of fascinating details. You may have to look two or three times, but Bob had a talent for incorporating clues in his photos. Like always, be on the lookout for someone you recognize.