• 80's Arcade Vintage Photos Anyone? Co-Founder and CEO of J!NX Asks the Twin Galaxies Community

    From CEO Sean Gailey,

    "I've had an idea in my head for a long time now, but I need a photo for it and I was hoping maybe the Twin Galaxies Community would have some ideas. Someone may have a vintage photo that they would sell us the rights to? I'm picturing an 80s arcade, black and white preferred (we can obviously just do that ourselves too), with a group of people hanging playing vids. The ideal photo really captures the culture. It was (is) fun, social, competitive, exciting, and it changed gaming forever. Here's some example shots, along with why they are not the right photo:

    Not quite far enough back, not the right angle, and not enough people, it doesn't look as social as it was. I like the cabinet styles though.

    Looks a tad more social, but bad because it's not in an arcade.

    Looks a little more social, but not a good shot of the classic cabinet styles. The picture is also pretty blurry.

    We are specifically looking for vintage photography of arcades from the 80s, complete with the people and the dress style as seen in my sample photos. Does anyone have anything from that era by any chance?"


    **If you think you might have some photos for Sean, please PM me here on the site and I can put you in contact! This can be a great opportunity for someone. :)
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      Stanford acquires archives of "Bay Area Video Arcades: Photographs by Ira Nowinski, 1981-1982."

      2 August, 2012 - 15:19 — Henry Lowood The Stanford University Libraries have acquired the photographic archives of "Bay Area Video Arcades: Photographs by Ira Nowinski," 1981-1982." The collection consists of approximately 650 35mm images, with contact sheets, as well as prints and digitized images for approximately 50 selected images.
      Ira Nowinski is an acclaimed documentary photographer who has created extraordinary photo essays in a variety of areas of recent history, including North Beach in San Francisco, the evacuation of elderly citizens in San Francisco's SOMA district, aspects of Southeast Asian, Jewish, and Native American culture, and an important photographic study of Holocaust Memorials.

      The Bay Area Video Arcades photographs were taken in 1980 and 1981 at several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The locations include the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Exploratorium (site of the 1981 Atari Asteroids competition), and other arcades in Oakland and San Francisco. One might think of these photographs as companions to Geoffrey and Elizabeth Loftus' classic essay from the same period, "The Arcade Subculture," first published as a chapter in their Mind at Play: The Psychology of Videogames (Basic Books, 1983). They wrote that the video arcades of the 1980s served a similar function as the drive-in theaters of an earlier generation. They are "not only ... novel but they are also a breeding ground for social interaction They’re places where social contact is made In a frlendly atmosphere and where frlendshlps are formed. They constitute the foundation of a subculture with its own norms, values and patterns of communications." Loftus & Loftus pointed out, for example, that the Arcade was a place where it was perfectly acceptable to stare at what another person was doing (playing an arcade game), without speaking to them. Ira Nowinski's photographs capture this sense of a place for the congregation of a new subculture, one that perhaps seems a bit strange, but one that has also become familiar with the passage of time.

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      Ira Nowinski

      Ira Nowinksi is an award-winning photographer. Nowinski earned a Master of Fine Art's degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973. Wikipedia

      Born: 1942, New York City, NY

      Books: A season at Glyndebourne, Ira Nowinski's San Francisco
      Ira Nowinksi is an award-winning photographer. Nowinski earned a Master of Fine Art's degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973. From the late 1970s through the early 1980s, Nowinski served as the official photographer of the San Francisco Opera.[1] His photographs have been collected extensively by the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library; Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections; Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Museum of Photography, Bradford, England.[2][3]
      He has worked on three major photographic projects documenting various aspects of the Jewish experience in the 20th Century: In Fitting Memory: The Art and Politics of Holocaust Memorials; Karaite Jews in Egypt, Israel, and the San Francisco Bay Area; and Soviet Jews in San Francisco. [4]
      His current projects include a photographic exploration of the Galapagos Islands.[3]
      He has had major exhibitions of his photography at the Stanford University Libraries' Peterson Gallery in 2004[1] and the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2007.[2]



      Ira Nowinski, an American photographer of Polish and Hungarian Jewish descent, was born in 1942 in New York City and raised in New Rochelle, NY. At the age of 42, he was prodded by opera singer Regina Resnick to do a photo essay around the Jewish milieu. He had previously done photo essays of the North Beach, San Francisco, area, of the evacuation of elderly citizens from hotels in the South of Market area of San Francisco, and of the Southeast Asian Community in the same city. In addition, he had been the staff photographer of the San Francisco Opera since 1978.[5]
      Working first with Resnick and then with Seymour Fromer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Rhonda Abrams of the Anti-Defamation League, Anita Friedman of Jewish Family & Children's Services, and the Northern California Board of Rabbis, Nowinski began documenting the Jewish experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of his first projects was to document Soviet Jews who had immigrated during the 1970s and 1980s.[5]
      He also photographed the Karaite Jewish Community in Foster City. The Karaites were a Jewish community that had lived for nearly 500 years in Egypt. The Arab-Israeli war resulted in the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt at the conclusion of that conflict. Many subsequently immigrated first to Israel and then to Northern California. Nowinski retraced their migration route in reverse, first photographing Karaites in Foster City, California, then in Israel, and finally in Egypt.[5]
      Nowinski and Sybil Milton of the U.S. Holocaust Museum did a joint work on the Holocaust Memorials throughout Europe, Israel, and in the United States. This work, entitled "In fitting memory : the art and politics of Holocaust memorials" combined text provided by Milton with Nowinski's photographic essay of the monuments documenting the millions of Jews who lost their lives under the Nazi regime
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      Between 1981 and 1982, renowned photographer Ira Nowinski hiked all over the Bay Area, taking hundreds of photos of arcades. In all, he snapped around 700 .

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