THE RIGHTS of news photographers to cover courtroom proceedings in the United States, which in many cases have been denied them, have evoked wide discussion on the subject. Editor and Publisher has taken up the cudgel for the news cameraman.
IN PREPARATION for his bloody story on Army surgery, HERB GEHR watched a 16 mm army movie on a cancer operation. "I got through that without fainting so figured I was good for anything,” Gehr says. And indeed he was, he shot through the assignment with nary a tremor, in fact didn't give the thing much thought until some nights later he dreamed: “I was lying nude on an operating table.
Here’s your photographic test-POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S Pix-Quiz by Popko. Read the question carefully, and with your pencil, put a check in the box before the number of the correct answer. One right means you’d better study more: two right is good: three right—you peeked!
THE PROJECT was about as secret as any project can be, and still produce a few thousand items per day. They were very complicated items, too (proximity fuses), and during one phase of development it was decided to install X-ray equipment to ascertain whether all the parts were in the right places after completion.
WE LOST THE COUNT on the readers who sent in letters about the “minor” technical error in the test strip story in the May issue. It was in the hundreds, and the readers found more errors than we knew were there ... a few found errors that must be classed as out of this world.
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16 mm Blankets the Hinterland
Projectors Are Coming
Put On Your Own Shows
How to Find Film Sources and Libraries
Special Subject Programs
Films in Education
CROP RECORD FILM PLANNED
CINEMA’S junior, the 16 mm motion picture, has come of age. It seems only yesterday that little 16 mm was gangly, homely, unpredictable. Yet today you can see definite promise of poise, beauty, sophistication, character, quality. Having made a successful world debut, 16 mm sees its future as a lifetime of going places and accomplishing things.
. . . that's baby at the beach, a sure-fire subject for pictures that "click"
1946 CHICAGO SALON NOW AVAILABLE ON SLIDEFILM
STATE WELCOMES PHOTOGRAPHERS
"LOOK, that’s just like our baby!” You have heard that exclamation many times, because those little characteristics and actions that make the best pictures are symbolic of all childhood. They spell something personal to everyone who is fond of a child, and create pictures which are fun to take.
Victor Keppler reviews the Art Directors Show, and discusses award-winning photographs by Joffe, Mili, Sarra, and others
INSTITUTE OF DESIGN OFFERS SUMMER SEMINAR
NOT A SINGLE gold medal was awarded to a photograph at the 1946 Art Directors Club show. That’s a sad comedown after photography’s splendid performance last year. Miss Winifred Kams, executive secretary of the club, has an interesting explanation for photography’s failure to win top honors.
Edward Jacobsen, art director, mechanic, and photographer stresses the mechanical-artistic technique
ART DIRECTING is Edward Jacobsen’s profession. It was only by following the clue furnished by signed color photographs in the magazines that we learned about this agency man who carries a job through from layout to complete photographic advertisement.
AN EXPERIMENTER is always out to find something new, surprise himself with a fact that has not been known, develop something that has been overlooked, show something that has never before been seen. Photography owes its existence to experimenters—persons who had only the dimmest idea of what they were starting.
ALL INTIMATIONS by morning-mist pictorialists to the contrary notwithstanding, my career as a critic of photography was originally erected on a firm foundation, however shaky it may have become at times since. Before I began to pass judgment on other people’s work, my father— now the 89-year-old cheesecake champion of West Texas— taught me that “doing something different” does not always mean “doing something better.”
Tony Venti gives another lesson in his girl-plus-camera series, wherein wife Betsy learns a few basic fundamentals that will lead ang beginner• into good pictures
THE snapshot that Betsy Venti made after her first lesson showed every fault that Tony Venti expected—and a few he’d never thought of! She had followed instructions perfectly. Her camera was held properly; the exposure was correctly calculated with the help of the leaflet enclosed in the film box and an Outdoor Kodaguide.
YOU DON’T NEED props to make good portraits. All you need is controlled light. Well, nearly all. If you have an alert eye, can turn that head just so, and keep up a steady line of chatter—which most of us won’t find hard to do—you can set your mood and draw your characterization to achieve just the effect you want with lighting alone.
THE INSTRUCTOR takes a print from the pile of 14×18 mounts in front of him and holds it before his class. “This picture has fine quality,” he points out. “Note the good range of tones from these highlights to the shadow area. However,” he goes on to explain, “composition could have been greatly improved by moving the camera to the left and including more of this wall for the prop effect.”
Usad affeclively in the recent war, the camera gun has found many modern uses since its invention in the 1860s
HOSPITAL GETS NEW DARKROOM
DON D. NBBELINK,
STOP HIM! Stop him!” cried someone in the large crowd that had gathered to watch Queen Victoria’s carriage pass. “He’s going to shoot the Queen!” The people nearby took up the shout so quickly that the Queen’s guards descended on one Thomas Skaife before he had a chance to fire the pistol he clutched tightly in his hand.
IN THE FAR northwest there lives a photographer of trees, who for enthusiasm, patience, endurance, and rare accomplishment puts most of us to shame. The photographer is Oliver Matthews of Salem, Oregon, who calls himself a “Botanical Tramp.”
Huge circulation magazine keeps a finger on its reader's pictorial preferences with a poll of 100,000 persons. Do you agree with these findings?
COLLEGE PAPER WINNERS NAMED
DO YOU KNOW what kind of pictures the public likes? If you do, you are in a fair way toward making money with your camera. Reproduced on the facing page are the twelve 1945 covers of Woman's Day, a big-circulation magazine (2,700,000 net paid), which is sold exclusively over the nation’s A & P grocery store counters.
SEARCHERS for new ideas in photography this department is for you! Here's where you'll find the latest pictures by the better amateurs. These beginners are probably unknown to you now, but you will be seeing more of their pictures soon, if they keep up the good work they've started.
NOW in production, the new Brand 4×5 press view camera can be used either on a tripod with long lenses or hand-held with normal and wide-angle lenses. It is of rigid, lightweight, all-aluminum construction, and the revolving back accommodates Graphic type holders.
Edward Burks used a 4×5 View camera to make his picture of this student model, lean Griffith. He exposed ⅕ second at ƒ 14 on Eastman Tri-X Panchromatic film. Miss Griffith, studying at the Marie Fontaine Studios in Los Angeles, hopes to spectalize in the modeling of evening gowns for Powers in New York.
Adapting the Fair child K-25 to news photography, the cameraman can now make two exposures per second on 4×5 negatives
WIDOWS TO GET PHOTOS OF SOLDIERS' GRAVES
RESULT of a recent bit of war-to-peace reconversion is a new addition to the field of high-speed news photography: the Fairchild K-25 Sequence Camera. This camera, which takes pictures 4×5 in size—standard news dimensions—at the automatic rate of two a second, was once a purely military unit set at infinity for use on bombing missions.
New York Interclub Show Arouses City-Wide Interest
New Hampshire U. Club Back at the Old Stand
"Copy Cat" Print Contest
We Hear . . .
Twice each month three members of the Poughkeepsie (N. Y.) Camera Club trek out to Castle Point Hospital for Veterans, give demonstration lectures on various phases of photography, and sit around talking shop with the men. Each delegation is composed of three different club members, so that the veterans will come into contact with the entire club roster and have opportunities to discuss many different photographic subjects and techniques with the proponents thereof.
MARINES stationed in Tientsin, China, find that a comparatively rare stateside object—the camera—is to be had in abundance there. Not only are ordinary cameras available, but many of the high-priced German-made cameras and scarce American types can be found too, and cheap.
Amateurs have devised many types of bracket to help them load sheet film into hangers, but the handiest type that I have found is shown in the illustration. Make two such frames (solid base, back, and two extended arms). Size of the frames will depend on the size hangers you use.
Half-baked dream of an obscure Berlin tinkerer has become the modern miracle of sound-on-film
USE NEW ACADEMY TEST REELS
ELMER S. NIES
PORING over musty old periodicals of years ago is an intriguing diversion, especially when you have access to the research library of one of the big Hollywood motion picture studios. In its files can be found heavy bound volumes of popular magazines dating back to Civil War days.
PUT a lake where there isn’t one, wipe scenes on and off, make kaleidoscopic whirligigs, and get many other interesting effects by adding a mirror to your camera
CAMERA THAT SWIMS
DU MONT ADDRESSES SMPE
YOU CAN ADD a lot of interesting effects to your home movies with no more elaborate equipment than an ordinary mirror. You can put a lake where there isn’t any lake, wipe from one scene to another, create kaleidoscopic whirligigs, and grab candid closeups with an ease that you may have never before dreamed possible.
Two rival Irish showmen battle all the way from the Bowery to Fourteenth Street and finally to Times Square. "Show business" excellently and amusingly shown. Cast contains Jack Oakie, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey, Maria Montez, Ann Blyth, and Donald O’Connor.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'S Traveling salons, which are made up of the prize-winning pictures from our annual Picture Contests, are available free of charge for exhibit at libraries, museums, department stores, banks, Army camps, Uso Centers, or any other organization or institution open to the public.
Top-flight Conover model, whose beauty has graced many national magazine covers, flips the camera end for end and photographs this month's cover
THE JULY COVER was made by Lenore Simon, a model turning (not yet fully turned) photographer. Miss Simon, a top-flight Conover girl, while turning the tables on photographers, is turning the lights on other models. She’s in the chrysalis stage, the process in reverse, changing from a butterfly to a caterpillar.
A BUSINESS OF MY OWN by Arthur E. Morgan. Published by the Community Service, Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio. Paper bound, 6×9, 184 pages, $1.00. This is not just another popular book about jobs and business. It is a contribution to American small business.
1st International and Second Canadian Salon of Photography, The Edmonton Exhibition Association, Ltd. Closes June 15. Entry fee $1.00. Four prints allowed. On exhibition July 15 to July 20. For entry blank write "Gateway to the North," 2nd Canadian Salon of Photography, 1st International Salon of Photography, Arena Bldg., Edmonton, Canada.
Idea, conceived in Europe as the Allies neared Berlin, develops into inclusive pictorial coverage organization
AREAL war baby is American Pictorial Service, a new photographic service in Newark, N. J., which aims to offer in civilian life an all-inclusive pictorial coverage similar to that of the Army Signal Corps. The first, plans for APS were made in Europe just as the Allies were about to take Berlin.
TO A great many present-day photographers the terms "diffusion" and "confusion" are almost synonymous. Perhaps we can clear things up a bit. Most folks have read that diffusion is one of the evils of bygone times and that it was badly overdone then—to such an extent that it is completely in disrepute and does not belong in this day and age.
Lionel G. Davidson used a 35 mm Kodak Retina I to make his "Pittsburgh Scene." The camera has a 5 cm ƒ 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens which was set at an ƒ 6.3 stop opening. The exposure of 1/50 second was made on Daylight Type Kodachrome film. Taking this shot immediately after a summer shower just as the sun broke through the clouds, Davidson had to wait for the steamer to reach the point where it is pictured.
ALLSPORTS MAGAZINE, 431 Howard St., Detroit 31, Mich., requires good sports action shots suitable for cover use. Subject need not be of nationally known sports figure or professional star. Any sports action will be considered, and $100 will be paid for cover photo used.
ATTRACTIVE and fun-to-make picture frames can be made easily at home from regular salon mounting stock. After the prints or enlargements are mounted, the face of the print is covered with a piece of cellophane about a half inch larger each way than the print.