Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Boston Street Style: Jules Aarons

Back in August on a Sunday morning, I had an early morning appointment on Harrison Ave. Normally, I would take the train to Back Bay and walk down to Harrison, but for no reason at all, I decide to change my routine by getting off at Broadway.

The day is in its infancy. I'm feeling cranky and knackered. I know that I need caffeine and sustenance. Thankfully, Sophia's Cafe on West Broadway is open. As I wait for my breakfast burrito, I notice about half a dozen black and white photos on the walls. Curious, I approach. Definitely, street photography style. Jules Aarons. Never heard of him.

A few taps on my Crackberry reveals that he was a physicist/engineer who developed a strong interest in photography. After seeing just a few of Mr. Aaron's pictures, I'm really intrigued. I'm not sure if he's still alive. But if he is, I'll try to meet him. I imagine it would be like meeting Willy Ronis (would love to have met him) or Boogie.

I believe that all three of the pictures above are taken in the North End. The Boston Public Library has a catalogue of his work for sale.

Hands down one of my favorite surprises in life is to discover a new photographer who refreshes my view of the world.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great shots. There was a show at the decordova a while back this year. All photographers, I think these were there, along with a whole showing of Boston street photos from the same era. If I remember correctly, some of them may have just been discovered somewhere. I'm totally spacing but if I remember for sure, will pass on the info.

October 7, 2008 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...


October 7, 2008 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Hi! I was stunned by those photos - they are amazing. Look here. . .


October 7, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these are really lovely, 'tini... I have restricted access at school, so I can't peruse BBC during the day - oh, the horror!

October 21, 2008 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger One Man's Style said...

These shots are great...

great blog by the way just found it tonight so going throught the archives!!!

February 24, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone is interested in Jules Aarons' work, there is an exhibition coming up at the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum this fall of his photographs in Jewish neighborhoods, including many from the Boston area.


August 19, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

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