INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC often is classified for certain purposes into “Absolute” and “Program” music. The latter is descriptive in character, has a story to tell, and is built around a distinct program. In the “Absolute” class would be found such compositions as the profound polyphonic works of Bach and most symphonies and concertos.
Dear Sir:...Don't spare the horses on the Holywood piece...as long as you give it plenty of space and pictures...HERE'S A LAST MINUTE FLASH...on June 5 a Picture will start shooting...It’s about the BOWERY in the year 1905... will have a lot of parts in this picture .technical and acting...
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. Lucknow International Salon of Photography, The United Provinces Amateur Photographic Association, Lucknow, India. On exhibition during February and March at Lucknow, India.
A HARDY group of press cameramen recently accompanied an outfit of soldiers, mostly paratroopers, on a survival training maneuver in the heart of Florida’s Everglades near Immokalee— and an exciting time was had. The news camera toters underwent the same rigorous life and diet as did the soldiers.
THE dust jacket for the first ASMP annual, PHOTO-GRAPHIC 1949, was designed for us by Bradbury Thompson, art director and designer for Mademoiselle, and former winner of the national art directors’ award. Thompson did all of the art direction and the layout for the book, and has given of his time and talent generously.
ONE of the most pleasant chores that confront the editors each year is the judging of the Christmas Card Contest. This past year was no exception. Although the card entries literally poured in during the month of December and up until the closing date in January, it was great fun to see the wide variety of photographic greetings that amateurs produced by themselves.
Here's another of Popko's inimitable photographic puzzles, guaranteed to amuse, if not confuse you. Sharpen up a pencil, summon your wits, and start. Place a check mark in the square before the answer you feel most likely to he the right one, and when you've finished, turn to page 225 to learn the correct ones.
No Business Sessions Held During This Club’s Meetings
Word has come to the effect that the Dominican American Camera Club has been set up in conjunction with the Dominican American. Cultural Institute, and that club members have taken part in several excursions to points of geographical and historic interest.
THE big news that everyone has been waiting for comes to you in this issue—the list of prize winners in the $60,000 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest and reproductions of many of the winning photographs in color and black-and-white. This competition, the biggest of its kind ever held, was entered by many thousands of camera fans throughout the country.
Here are some simple details of picture and manuscript preparation to help you submit your material correctly
A COMMON FAULT of the beginning free-lance worker is carelessness in the preparation of his material for the potential buyer. Surprisingly enough, many people don’t know how to properly submit their work to an editor, despite the many articles written specifically to aid aspiring authors and photographers.
Making these personalized and attractive place mats for your table is an inexpensive, simple task that anyone can accomplish
YOU CAN EASILY make attractive, personalized place mats for your dining room table by mounting photographic enlargements on ¼ or ⅛ inch-thick plywood or composition board which can be purchased inexpensively. Few materials are required, and no tools other than a saw, paint brush, and razor blade.
GADGET manufacturing has been briskly booming since the lifting of war controls, and not the least of this accelerated industry is pointed in the direction of what is probably the world’s greatest hobby —picture taking. The word here probably should be photogiaphy, but I think that has too professional a connotation.
Here is an inexpensive and easy method of providing an accurate identification for all pictures taken with your camera
EUGENE M. HANSON
FOR AN accurate identification of every picture you take, there’s no substitute for the practice of numbering your filmholders, if you use a camera that takes sheet film. Merely putting a number on the outside of the holder helps a lot in doing careful work, as for instance in making it easier to keep track of shots for which you planned special development.
In 1855 William Morris Grundy of Sutton Colefied, England, used a new medium with results that compare favorably with today's.
SOME 16 YEARS after the date which officially marks the start of photography (1839), William Morris Grundy of Sutton Colefield, England, made the original 7x9 prints which are reproduced here. Grundy had been an artist of considerable merit in the years before photography was invented and had worked with the famous David Cox.
LEMENS KALISCHER certainly learned one thing when he came to America aboard a refugee ship—the meaning of the word frustration. For, as his ship docked at the pier one thing was apparent —the feelings and expressions and appearances of the passengers (including Kalischer) were just the thing that made for real, human photographs.
This handy darkroom accessory has many uses other than for making prints. Here are full details on how to construct it
MOUNTING COLOR PRINTS
DONALD A. BRYAN
HAVE you ever wanted a contact printer? A good contact printer that would take an 8x10 negative, or which you might use as a retouching easel or transparency viewer if the occasion arose? Well, I did! After visiting shops and stores. I found only one which might fdl even a few of my requirements, and the price asked for it was far beyond the capabilities of my pocket book.
Here are a visitor's impressions of photography in post-war America, pained on a hurried visit
(This article is a British amateur’s report to his confreres on picture-taking conditions that he found in the United States and Canada on a recent overseas visit. Mr. Richardson’s original text titled “Photographing America" appeared in the June 1947 issue of the British Miniature Camera Magazine through whose permission the following major excerpt has been reprinted.
Gotham's fabulous free-lance photographer left Manhattan to become a movie actor, but he still takes pictures that have a human-interest appeal
I HAVE traded my PRESS CARD for a membership in the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD...It all began when the late MARK HELLINGER bought my book, “The Naked City” for his last movie..I worked on it as technical adviser while it was being shot in New York City and I got the movie bug.
One location can be the source of many photographs. Learn to recognize the potential pictures in each area, and your camera artistry will show improvement
SEND ANY ten photographers to the same spot with instructions to bring back the most interesting picture they can find, and the chances are that before you are through you’ll get ten different pictures. No matter how expert the compositionist may be, it is almost impossible for him to see all the picture possibilities at the first look.
WHAT IS PROGRESS? Some will consider it from the standpoint of picture quality—and judging from the salons of recent years there has been little progress in this sense. To some, it will be determined by the increase in business; to others, by the more ready availability of things, and their price.
An expert shows you how to remove minor blemishes from otherwise good negatives
Method of penciling
DUST-PROOF FILM DRYER
ANNE J. ANTHONY
LET’S ADMIT that very few of our negatives are perfect. With this in mind, we should introduce ourselves to the unheralded orphan of photography—negative retouching. Negative retouching is merely a process for correcting the mistakes and defects permitted during the mechanical process of taking the picture.
Correct placement of the lighting setup enables you to shoot natural flash pictures which have realistic, story-telling value
MOST OF US who take up flash photography fire every shot with the flashgun on the camera—and all too often get that characteristic flat lighting that spells “FLASH” all over otherwise good shots. It’s sort of too bad, because everyone agrees that flash has a lot of advantages in the way of portability, convenience, and ease in calculating correct exposures.
TABLETOP photography is a challenge to man’s ingenuity and capacity for artistic arrangement. Frederic Baldinger of Palo Alto, Calif., proved himself equal to the challenge by producing the study in miniature which appears above. He writes: “In these days of atomic fission, this print seems appropriate as a view of possible eventualities, or it might be titled: ‘This Is Where I Came In.’”
Accidents, insects, fungus, and sand take their toll, but the photographer is the biggest offender, repairmen say
JOSEPH C. KEELEY
AMAN walked into a camera repair shop with a cardboard box under his arm. “I’d like to get my camera fixed,” he said. Opening the box he displayed an assortment of more than two hundred gears, knobs, screws, and miscellaneous hardware. Yes, it actually happened.
It's necessary to maintain a balance of exposure between the light from your subject and the shy to preserve the filter effects that you want
1948 Chicago Slidefilm Now Available
ASK ANY AMATEUR who’s worth his weight in hypo whether he uses a filter for outdoor pictures, and he’ll answer, like as not, with a prompt “Of course!” But then ask him whether he always succeeds in catching the blue of the sky or those fat fleecy clouds, even though he does use a filter, and it’s ten to one he’ll admit that for some reason or other the blue sky often turns out to be dull white on his prints and those clouds just plain disappear.
Alert photographers who keep their eyes and ears open find unique photo stories
A. B. TREGO
TOO many amateur photographers like myself have been under the delusion that photographic sequence stories are somewhat restricted to children and household pets. I broke away from this lethiferous misconception when I first heard of Paddy.
AN IMPORTED folding camera with coupled rangefinder is announced by J. L. Galef & Son, ine., 85 Chambers St., New York, N. Y. The new Monte Carlo Telka III camera is equipped with a coated ƒ/3.5 Saggittar lens in a ten-speed shutter with built-in synchronization and self-timer.
HOLLYWOOD has come up with a new technique in picture making, thanks to the ability of the helicopter to carry a camera at very slow as well as high speeds, and at altitudes ranging from one inch to 12,000 feet. The ’Copter-Camera, as its originators have dubbed it, permits the cameraman to follow a speedboat racing at seventy knots, men scaling a cliff, or a hundred tanks surging across a battlefield.
A GIRL industrial photographer, Anne Gruen, of the United Illuminating Company of New Haven, Conn., took the third-prize money in a recent Glamour magazine contest for girls who had jobs they liked. Miss Gruen was slated to enter the medical profession—or so her fatherhoped.
For photographers who have recently changed cameras with the result that they now expose and process sheet film instead of roll film, here is a helpful suggestion. When developing your sheet film in hangers, take a moment to drain the developer from the corner of the hanger as shown.
What is more logical than using how-to-do-it films to illustrate fundamentals of movie technique!
SPECIAL EMULSIONS AID STUDY OF MESON
THAT experience is the best teacher is a time-old, and sometimes-proven theory. But in terms of learning how to operate a movie camera, adapt correct motion-picture technique, and other fundamentals to produce a polished cameraman, it would mean that a person would have to get his equipment, on his own, then start out from scratch and try to become the master of it.
Your movies, like the one shown, can be made effective by adopting the techniques of Continuity, Cutting, Close-ups, and Camera Angles
CALIBRATING A FOCUSING REFLECTOR
BEG YOUR PARDON
JOSEPH V. MASCELLI
NINE out of ten amateur movie makers never have made a motion picture. They have filmed nothing but animated snapshots. Since most of these amateur cameramen have come up from the ranks of still photography, the situation becomes better understood.
RUTH. 38 min., 16-mm sound. Sale $200; rental $12. United World News, 445 Park Avenue, New York 22, N. Y. The tender story of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth, as told in the Bible. This film has much footage actually filmed in Palestine and is suitable for all denominations.
Filter-free Color Flashing. The need for mounting a correction filter over the camera lens when shooting color film by flash apparently is gone since the recent arrival of Jen-Dip “Red Label.” The flash lamp is merely dipped in the amber-colored dye liquid for from 6 to 10 seconds, the time depending upon the make of flash lamp and the type of indoor color film used.
PAGE 75 1ST PRIZE—BLACK AND WHITE The Choptank River in the Chesapeake Bay area is the site where A. Aubrey Bodine of Baltimore, Md., recorded his outstanding picture which has been awarded top prize in the black-and-white division. Oyster Dredging was made during an intense rain and hail storm.
WE KNEW that you, like ourselves, would like some “who’s who” information about the leading prizewinners in the big 1948 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest. So we wrote and asked each for his picture and a brief biographical sketch. We did not inform these persons that they won prizes, let alone the highest awards, but simply that the judges were considering a certain entry.
MOTHER GOOSE by Toni Frissell. Published by Harper & Brothers, New York City. Paper bound, 8¾x 1O½, 96 pages, profusely illustrated, $2.50. The pictures reproduced in this volume should be a must on every cameraman’s “see” list. Toni Frissell has caught the spirit of childhood in these photographs, and by so doing has given a breath of life, a touch of living reality to the timeless magic of the Mother Goose rhymes.
THE PHOTOFINISH CAMERAS, already well known in horse racing circles, were introduced for the first time last year into the Olympic Games. A special three-compartment booth was built into the roof of the stand at Wembley to house the equipment and give facilities for quick processing and printing of the films.
This month's cover was reproduced from a prize-winning color transparency made by Wellington Lee, Bronx, N. Y., who also captured the top award in the color division of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'S big 1948 Picture Contest (see pages 95 and 196).
THE First, Second, Third, and Fourth Traveling Salons, which have not been exhibited since last June, again are available, free, to any organization or institution open to the public, such as libraries and museums. Made up of prizewinning pictures from previous contests, these salons have been completely reconditioned, with damaged prints replaced by new ones.
EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY has just announced the 4th running of the National High School Photographic Awards, the nation’s biggest picture-taking contest for high school students. Cash awards totaling $3,500 will be given to the winners, with awards also going to schools attended by major prize-winning students.