It’s an end of an era as Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic photo archive collection is expected to go on the auction block. But if you head up to Boston’s Colby Museum, you may get a final glimpse of what could be the last time the archive is publicly displayed. Artist Theaster Gates’ “Facsimile of Cabinet of Women Origin Stories“features 3000 images from the archives. The exhibit closes on September 08, 2019 and by then the photo collection may have a new owner.
The photo archive collection is now in possession of Hilco Streambank, hired by Miriam R. Stein, chapter 7 trustee of Johnson Publishing, LLC. In a news release, the intellectual property advisory firm list more 3 million negatives and slides, 983,000 photographs, 9000 reels and 166,000 contact sheets in the collection. Some of the rare photos are on Instagram @jpc_photoarchive.