Photographs by Maurice Mattei

I shot these pictures in the 1990s. At the invitation of Gloria Masters, who was one of the organizers of the event, I went to the Dalton Park community pool in Carolsville to photograph a couple of swimming parties given by the city for young people from the neighborhood.

I hadn't looked at these photographs in years. Going through them recently there was something about the pictures that I found interesting. I did high-resolution scans of the proof sheets to see which images might work as final prints. Upon reviewing the scans I was intrigued by the look of the photographs in this working format. Consequently, I decided to present them as an on-line collection of images.

As shown here, they remind me of pictures taken with a Diana camera - an approach, I believe, pioneered in the 1970s by Nancy Rexroth. With the exception of her work, I've never been a huge fan of this style because, at times, I find its primitivism to be a little too contrived. However, due to the chance nature of how this collection came about and the character of the subjects in these prints, I thought, in this case, I would forgo my view of what is "acceptable" and what is not. May the Lord forgive me.


© 2011 Maurice Mattei