Man Inherits A Collection Of Street Photos Taken More Than Half A Century Ago By His Grandfather (90 Pics) Interview With Author

When in 2014, Dylan Scalet inherited a sizable collection of photos captured by his grandfather Jack Sharp, he didn’t expect much. It actually took him 6 years—and COVID-19 lockdown happening—to finally begin to digitize the film. What he discovered was a treasure trove of incredible photographs depicting street life in Europe more than half a century ago. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Scalet!

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Doria1 day ago

how cute is this picture?3ReplyView more comments#2 

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Hans5 hours ago

Impressive photo…and a reminder that this cruel act is still allowed.1ReplyView more comments

He was really excited about his grandfather’s treasure trove. Scalet was born after his grandfather had died and did not have a chance to meet him, so it was like getting to know him. “I was really excited to discover what was inside all of the boxes I had inherited. There was so much, it could be anything! As you can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised, which made the scanning process less tedious as it took weeks to fetch through all of it. As I had come to learn about the great photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier, I simply could not believe the images I was seeing as I dived into the archive. I knew instantly that these photos were special. Not just because they were my grandfather’s, but because I was able to recognize the beauty of these photographs objectively. I knew that it was going to be a lot of work, but getting this out seemed like the right thing to do,” says Scalet to Bored Panda.#3 

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Scalet had always intended to digitize the film, but waited for the right time to invest in a high-quality scanner. When the pandemic happened, he had the right equipment and enough free time to begin. He lovingly scanned 5,000 of the negatives and brought his grandfather’s talent to the public. The unseen photos finally saw the light, and the result amazed him. “It was a project I wanted to do ever since I had scanned a few pieces of his work at uni, but after I graduated, I was more focused on starting a career and I didn’t have the funds to get a proper scanner. 5 years later, I was able to invest into a Epson V850 and lockdown was the perfect time to get through it all.”#5 

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Kookamunga1 hour ago

Jack Sharp was very talented. These photos are excellent.1ReplyView more comments

Jack Sharp was a British engineer by trade at the CERN laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland. However, in his free time, he was a street photographer between 1950-1970. Scalet was told that his grandfather fully embraced everything he took an interest in. When he started photography, he researched a lot, understood the mechanics of the camera, how to catch the perfect lighting, and the science of the darkroom. “Jack was born in Harrold, UK in 1928 and then moved to Switzerland in 1955 at the age of 27 to join the famous research organisation CERN as an engineer. I never met my grandfather, but everything I know about him is the stories I hear from my mum or other relatives. Everyone loved him, he loved life and loved it to the fullest. He was clearly a clever guy and would always put his full heart into everything he did.”#7 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Nice one1ReplyView more comments#8 

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Sawdust9 hours ago

Turns out that women didn’t get the right to vote in Switzerland until twelve years later, in 1971.5ReplyView more comments

When asked what kind of camera his grandfather used for his incredible street photos, he said: “He used an Agfa Super Silette Apotar 45mm f/1:3.5 and an Asahi Pentax K Auto-Takumar 55mm f/1.8.” As for the location of the photos, they were actually taken everywhere around Switzerland. Scalet says that after his grandfather’s migration to Switzerland, his whole family was born there. “Most of the photos would have been taken around the west of Switzerland like Geneva, Lausanne, and surrounding areas in France. Due to my grandfather’s migration to Switzerland, my whole family was born in Switzerland. I am very fortunate to have a Swiss, British, and Italian passport. I have a degree in photography, but only practice the craft as a hobby. I was really interested to learn about photography at a higher level because of my grandfather’s work and my dad pushed me to follow my passion.”#9 

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Fabrice19 minutes ago

This photograph is taken place du palais royal in paris. The building in the background is the Louvre Museum.0ReplyView more comments#10 

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Reginald Joseph21 minutes ago

A truly gifted photographer0Reply#11 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Cute2ReplyView more comments#13 

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Catlady600017 hours ago

Wonder if that is OPs father in the chair1Reply#14 

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Tiari1 day ago

Ah yes. The one picture every cat-lover takes on vacation 😉4ReplyView more comments#17 

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manon M21 hours ago

Selfie !!0Reply#18 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

What’s taking that waiter? !!-2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

Love that corduroy coat!3Reply#20 

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Laura Crawley15 hours ago

that will have many droppings. Guess that is why they wear hats…0ReplyView more comments#21 

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cassiushumanmother21 hours ago

Is it just me or the “dame pipi” is the same woman in every European place and in every century? Maybe they cloned the original one multiple times?2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

The plane The plane!1Reply#23 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

I know this place in Geneva near the Léman lake. Hasn’t change at all. Still going there,3ReplyView more comments#25 

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Cécile V.3 hours ago

Hard work.1ReplyView more comments#26 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

Darn it, just got settled and I have to pee!0Reply#27 

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Reginald Joseph17 minutes ago

Love everything about this one0Reply#28 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

Made ya look!0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

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manon M21 hours ago

Wow a beauty1ReplyView more comments#30 

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Cécile V.3 hours ago

The same picture with another angle up*19. Here is the lake on a sunny winter afternoon, so clear0ReplyView more comments#31 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

I meant a MOTORCYCLE, Fonz! This AINT COOL!2Reply#32 

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cassiushumanmother21 hours ago

Un bonimenteur. “Look, these pens are magics, i will show you, you need it! If you buy 5 of them, i will give you 5 of them, awesome deal available just for the next 30 minutes!”4Reply#36 

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Fabrice15 minutes ago

Place du trocadero in Paris0Reply#37 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

Occasions for hoarding!-2Reply#38 

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Cécile V.3 hours ago

Poney are slaves. Hours and hours standing on a spot. Boycott and protest if you this.0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

She’s so smart..the mosquitos are eating ME alive!-2Reply#40 

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Reginald Joseph16 minutes ago

look like sisters0ReplyView more comments#41 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Good one with the reflection. Well framed1ReplyView more comments#42 

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Mya Lugar1 day ago

I defended her honor and she turns her back on me! Cheesits!-3Reply#44 

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Cécile V.22 hours ago

Still there . Old and uncomfortable-3Reply#47 

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Reginald Joseph14 minutes ago

Love this! Her collection of framed muscle men is amazing.0ReplyView more comments#48 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

You’re such a gentleman, and I’m so embarrassed, I’m always forgetting where I parked the car.-3Reply#51 

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Reginald Joseph13 minutes ago

Gorgeous photo!0ReplyView more comments#58 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Think it is a funeral1ReplyView more comments#59 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

I look cool, but don’t look at mt boyfriends feet, please.0Reply#60 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Amazing. Near the train station0Reply#63 

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WilvanderHeijden1 hour ago

The guy inside that café looks like he hates photographers.1ReplyView more comments#65 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

I guess I should have given her the box of Whitmans later-3Reply#67 

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Cécile V.22 hours ago(edited)

Castle on the Leman lake. Can’t recall the name. Chillon castle.2ReplyView more comments#70 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

Can you hear me NOW?0Reply#72 

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Cécile V.23 hours ago

Pont du Mont Blanc à Genève1ReplyView more comments#78 

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Mya Lugar23 hours ago

The hats do a good job of keeping the p[geon poop out of my hair.-3Reply#79 

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Caleb Crotinger1 hour ago

GREAT deal.0ReplyView more comments#81 

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Cécile V.22 hours ago

We used to swim, jump, fish there. Still do in summer.1Reply#82 

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cassiushumanmother21 hours ago

I don’t get why include a title from a porn movie in this wonderful picture? Yes i’m joking. “La grande gorge” means “the deep throat” but also means “the big canyon”.-1Reply#84 

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