Time capsule of nearly 3,000 vivid colour photos of New York City

These fascinating photographs offer a colourful glimpse into the history of New York City’s parks, after 2,924 slides were discovered while an official was cleaning out an office.

Exactly 40 years old, the images, all shot in 1978, show the likes of a woman standing beneath a rainbow in a fountain; a man roasting a pig; and the simple innocence of children playing.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

The images were captured across the city between August and November 1978, and 65 selected shots an currently on display at an exhibition dedicated to the find.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

The idea behind the project came about following a labour strike being held by the press corp.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

Knowing photographers would be out of work as a result of these actions, then-Parks Commissioner, Gordon Davis, hired eight temporarily-out-of-work New York Times photographers to shoot life on behalf of NYC Parks.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

The photographers were Neal Boenzi, Joyce Dopkee, D. Gorton, Eddie Hausner, Paul Hosefros, Robert Klein, Larry Morris, and Gary Settle.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

The exhibit of their works, titled “1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project,” will run in at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park until June 14, showcasing geographic and cultural diversity.

Jonathan Kuhn, Director, Art & Antiquities for NYC Parks, said: “I first learned of the slides in mid-October of 2017 and immediately decided to do an exhibition.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

“The show is not just about nostalgia. What differentiated these images were that they were from a very condensed period of time.

“I’m interested in the use of parks and bringing people together.

Pic from NYC Parks Photo Archive / Caters

“They show that parks will never be irrelevant.”