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Maybe that’s what I’m doing.  You never know.  Fred McDarrah was documenting Greenwich Village in the 1960s and didn’t know he was in the middle of the many revolutions that were to come–1950s to 1960s, beat generation to Vietnam war generation, folk music to punk rock–he saw it all and photographed it.

I’m reading his book, Fred W. McDarrah, New York Scenes.  Very well done.  But he didn’t know he was documenting a significant period in time.  He was just documenting, and the revolution of the 1960s revealed itself after the moments (and chances to photograph) were long gone.

That’s why I wonder if that’s what I’m documenting, a significant time of change, or even the end days.  If the climate ends up knocking us off this planet to save itself, well, if there’s anyone to come, later, they’ll have my photos of the last days.

I’ve been documenting America with a few other photographers for a little over a year on my project,, and I am thrilled that the viewership is building, but mostly, that I’m over a year into it.  Because I wonder what it will be in 10 years, assuming we’re still here.  Time makes projects relevant.


I’m about ten years into my street photography documentary project:

So, here’s my advice: That thing you wish you started 10 years ago? Start today and you’ll be glad you did in 10 years.  Because there’s nothing like the element of time to add significance to a project.

I hope we’re not at our end days.  But I’m just documenting what is in front of me, photographing my world.  Time will tell its significance.


Kenneth Wajda
Time Traveler/Photographer

Time Traveler/Photographer Documenting 20-Teens Life for People in 2080s

Kenneth Wajda, a time traveler and one of the most famous and influential American photographers of the 21st century, known for his American documentary photography, is now working to document life in 2017. His goal: To introduce America to Americans, to see things that in a short span of 60 years are missed—ordinary life, unseen, unnoticed, under-appreciated, taken for granted until they were gone and lost to technology’s failures.

“I work for people in the year 2087 who’ve tasked me with the assignment of a lifetime—to document life back 60 years to see how they got to where they are,” said Wajda. “And to see what life was like back then. I’m essentially photographing their history. They can’t believe cars used to have drivers. And wheels!”

The Americans of 2087 are well aware of the many stories about the digital crash that caused an extinction of personal photography and documentation during the first quarter of this century. All that they were left with was corporate news reports, government propaganda and boxes of digital storage devices they couldn’t access.timetraveler1

So, using their engineering advances to travel through time, they’ve commissioned Wajda to document with photographs life back then, exactly as it was. Simple home and work life. He’s working with other photographers of the time to capture slices of life from all U.S. 50 states.

They’ve all heard stories and some of the elderly vaguely remember the time when sexual harassment got outed in the late teens and gender equality became a reality, but that was so long ago. They find it hard to believe that that situation ever existed.

“They’ve long heard about living under a vindictive president and administration, gender bias and oppression, even racial tension, but to be able to see the images of life back then when they were still occurring, documented for them, that’s something that they long for,” Wajda said.

“Many people talk about having a few pictures of their grandparent’s and parent’s lunches, but no real documentation of who they really were, how they lived. Of the few surviving images, they found them to mostly be enamored by mugging for their self-portrait camera,” Wajda said.

The fact that so few people 60 years ago bothered to print anything, most of their images were lost to technology rot, as it‘s now known in the late 80’s.

To avoid obsolescence, Wajda is creating the collection on film and storing the photographic negatives, with the body of work available online at, named for the man who created the first documentary photography collection for the Library of Congress in the 1930’s, over 150 years ago.