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Charles Phoenix, Finding Kitsch in Kodachrome

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Charles Phoenix, Finding Kitsch in Kodachrome

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No one takes slides anymore; their heyday was back in the '50s and '60s. But there are plenty of slides still hanging around, offering their distinct perspective on a certain period of Americana.

Charles Phoenix collects them and has revived the family slideshow, turning it into performance art.

The Los Angeles "histotainer," as he's sometimes called, tells Madeleine Brand about his colorful window into American culture.

People clown outside the Cavalier Motor Inn in Whittier, Calif., 1964.

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