letters to the editor
Striped Light in Another Vein
The enclosed picture resulted from friendly bickering with some bombastic Texas camera enthusiasts who, after seeing my Mexican scenics, concluded that given the chance to travel, they also could make a good showing. I jeered and pointed out that almost any former New Yorker could make even commonplace items around the home eye-catching. Challenge accepted, competition ensued. Comparing results later, the Rebels conceded victory when I showed this print.
To make the lines, I contact-printed some Benday screen (a clear tissue printed with black parallel lines, for use in art layouts) on a process film, cut this negative to 2x2, mounted it, and projected it in a slide projector. Depth of field was too shallow with the diaphragm-less projection lens, so I inserted a mounted paper washer to increase over-all sharpness. The picture was taken with a Rollei on Super-XX film, 1/10 sec at //11.
H. S. ULAN Laredo, Tex.
More News on the Pulitzer Front
I heartily congratulate you on the Pulitzer Prize story (May), which was prophetic in that the 1955 selection was even worse than the last—just cheap sensationalism, in thoroughly bad taste.
Our camera club has voted to write a letter of protest to the people responsible. I suggest clubs all over the country do likewise, as only by widespread protest will we exert an influence toward correcting the standards by which the Pulitzer Prize in photography is awarded.
JOHN P. WENDLAND, M.D.
In Texas, It's "Fromage"
I read with interest the letter in your June issue of two young gentlemen from Texas photographed while shouting the word “cheese.” I’m always trying to improve my English, so I asked an English friend to pronounce it for me. Strangely, his mouth never assumed the shape shown in the picture of the two young gentlemen.
I thought perhaps I should ask an American to pronounce it. Same result.
Being the scientific type, I decided to experiment. I planted myself before a mirror and said—even shouted—the word in eight different languages. Finally I found it—they were saying it*in French! Fromage, of course! When I told my American friend about it, he smiled and said, “Anything can happen in Texas.”
TOMAS DUDOSO Lima, Peru
Addenda From Abroad
I was very surprised at the completely erroneous statement in your June story So You’re Going Abroad! on the allegedly high costs of film and equipment in England. American visitors need have no fear on that score: for example, a 120 roll of Super-XX costs about 35 cents, and a 35-mm Ilford color film of 20 exposures about $2.50—including processing and mounting. Cameras and other equipj ment can be bought on a special dutyfree scheme we have here which drastically reduces prices for all visitors, often to as much as one third the store price for us “natives.”
I hope this will set things straight, so our American friends won’t be unduly dismayed at the photographic situation on this side of the “pond.”
DONALD JEATER j Havant, England j
No color film in England? (page 98, June issue). How about these: in 35-mm, we have Agfacolor, Ferraniacolor, Gevacolor, Ilfordcolor, and Raycolor; in 120620 roll film we have Ferraniacolor, Gevacolor, and your Ektachrome—all the foregoing are reversal transparency materials. Ferrania and Gevaert also have reversal films available in 127 size, which is certainly not the case in America. We have two different negative films from Agfa and Gevaert, available from 35-mm to sheet-film sizes, plus Kodachrome positive in 8and 16-mm movie reels. Ilford and Kodak both have a fine print service.
More than one of the above films are ¡ fully the equivalent of your “new” AnsI cochrome and Ektachrome in speed.
MERLIN ASHCRAFT \ Great Yarmouth, England !
We read with great interest the PJioto Guide to Foreign Countries on page 98 of your June issue. We appreciate the fact that our firm is mentioned under Belgium, but draw your attention to the following correction in prices:
Gevacolor Negative Rollfilm (120-620):
BFr 50 ($1 ) ; processing, BFr 45 ($.90)
Gevacolor Reversal Rollfilm (120-620):
BFr 105 ($2.10), processing included.
Processing for either film takes no more than four or five days, and we are sure local labs will be glad to give priority to American tourists’ films.
Congratulations for the wonderful job you are doing for photography.
R. DE GROOTE Gevaert Photo-Producten Antwerp, Belgium