elcome to Photobox. This recurring feature is a celebration of found images, the public domain, and archival anthropology. There’s something exciting about the notion of “the cloud” - this ether that materializes in flea market booths, library archives, attic-bound shoeboxes, back alley gutters, and the vast warehouse of virtual detritus that is the Internet. It’s thick with the residue of humanity, and there’s a population of remarkable people who are dedicated to mining, preserving, and appreciating the fragments of material culture that constitute our collective history. In each issue of Nat. Brut, we commission one of these people to share a chunk of their collection with us. Rebecca Weisberg, the individual behind the LA-based found photo archive Obscura, curates our second volume.
orman Mailer once wrote, "The essence of America is the smell of gasoline and cheap perfume.". The reality of the American dream exists in marginal and vulnerable places, where stagnant social mobility and desperate sexuality collide, where down and out people have no buffers between themselves and life’s hard knocks. This collection hopes to find the hidden seam between the America on display and the America that exists underneath.
- Rebecca Weisberg
Rebecca Weisberg is a librarian, collage artist and found photo collector based in Los Angeles. You might catch her sifting through flea markets and estate sales if you wake up early enough on the weekend.