Buckley Report looks at pictures, films before the selfie

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How many pictures do you have of your parents, when they were young? How about your great grandparents?

If you were lucky enough to have your family live in one of the towns H. Lee Waters wandered into, late in the Depression Era, you might be able to seem them not just in motion, but in living color.

Waters was a portrait taker but – like so many people during the depression – he looked for other ways to make ends meet and the result is an incredible collection of films that he made over a seven year period. Once World War II broke out, GIs would come to his studio to have their picture taken and then their families would come in to have portraits taken to send to those GIs, fighting the war, so his business picked up to the point where he no longer had time for the films.

This edition of the Buckley Report shows how it all came together and gives you a peek into the films Waters shot.

Browse the H. Lee Waters Film Collection.