Allan Seiden may be a familiar name to many Hawaii residents, for it is attached to numerous island publications. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the visitor book industry with the publication of such titles as Fishponds to Warships, a Complete Illustrated History of Pearl Harbor (the best seller at the memorial for the past three years), Diamond Head, Hawaii's Icon and The Art of the Hula. Seiden has held parallel careers as both a journalist and a photographer in the islands since 1974, when he arrived in Hilo town with the $600 that sustained him for six months. He has come a long way since then.
Originally schooled as an historian (with Masters Degrees in both Russian History and Education), Seiden has been collecting Hawaiian and Asian vintage imagery via the camera lens for the past 25 years. He is innately attracted to historical imagery, and, it seems, to the people who catalogue it. "Over the years, there were a lot of people who were remarkably open and generous," Seiden says of the collectors who allowed him to photograph their historical photos, artwork, and pieces of memorabilia. He is especially grateful to all the people who opened up their homes and businesses to him
Seiden's collection, which sprung merely from his love of the subject, now fills a desirable niche in the interior design world. As all things vintage have become increasingly popular in recent years, Seiden's collection stands out above others for the rare nature of his images. Printscapes.com showcases many of the popular Hawaiian vintage images that the public is accustomed to seeing, but due to Seiden's diligence and passion for history, the sight also is home to many gorgeous, seldom-reprinted images. Seiden has been careful to obtain the rights to reproduce all of the work that he shoots.
You can see his featured stock collection here: http://www.pacificstock.com/lbmail.asp?pb=POTW_allan~~20seiden&co=PACSTO20
You can also view his Fine Art Collection Here: http://printscapes.artistwebsites.com/art/all/seiden/all