Archive of 103 vernacular photographs by documentary filmmaker Barnett Addis, circa 1950s-1960s

N.p. N.p., Circa 1960s-1960s. Archive of 103 vintage, vernacular photographs, a mix of double and single weight, by psychologist and documentary filmmaker Barnett Addis, circa 1950s-1960s. 21 photographs with his stamp on the verso, several of which also include brief holograph pencil annotations noting the subject, location, or year.

As a faculty member, and later director, of the Behavioral Science Media Laboratory at UCLA, Addis made numerous education and instructional films on subjects relating to mental health and psychological or developmental disorders. These include "Tourette's Syndrome: The Sudden Intruder" and "Nurse-Patient Interaction" (both 1976), and "Suicides" (1981). His best known films are two documentaries on Joseph Sullivan, "Infantile Autism: The Invisible Wall" (1967) and "Portrait of an Autistic Young Man" (1985), which were used extensively as research by Dustin Hoffman while preparing for his Oscar winning role in "Rain Man," and both Addis and Sullivan's mother worked as consultants on the film.

The photographs in the archive were taken over a broad geographical range, and, while they don't necessarily relate to Addis' work as a filmmaker, show a documentarian's eye for detail. Several annotations also mention films or other projects, although we were unable to identify them. Included in the archive are images of the New York City skyline, as well as street photographs, and chess players in Washington Square Park, circa 1967-1968, young people in the Haight-Ashberry section of San Francisco, two of which are identified by name, in 1968, farm buildings and equipment in Hollis, OK , 1962, Monument Valley, AZ, circa 1963, as well as numerous unidentified images of school children, buildings, landscapes, and people.

Most photographs 10 x 8 inches, occasionally trimmed or mounted to card stock. Generally Very Good plus to Near Fine.


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