Dear Sir : In the article on the anniversary of the miniature camera in your January issue you state that Dr. Paul Wolff has taken some 3,200,000 pictures. I grabbed a pencil and did a little math . . . If he shot all these pictures in 25 years and worked 365 days a year at it, he would have to take 350 shots a day . . . Wot a man!
OF ALL the targets for criticism in photography, the salons over the past decade have been the outstanding pushovers. Highly vulnerable, they have been peppered so thoroughly with barbed buckshot that few people even bother any more to take a bead on what amounts to a pretty thoroughly dead duck.
THE Baltimore Sunpaper’s city desk recently received a call from a bird-lover that a crow got itself tangled in a kite string high up in a tree and had been “hanging there for days.” News photographer Joe DiPaoloa was rushed to the scene, borrowed a 50-foot ladder and at risk of life and limb was able to save the crow.
A round-up of recent developments and significant trends
NORMAN C. LIPTON
"Flash-Pak" is the name of the first B-C (battery-capacitor) flash synchronizer capable of solenoid operation to reach the market. The new equipment is guaranteed to trip from one to three solenoidactuated shutters in synchronization with as many as 20 flashbulbs in series.
MUCH is written about the way to go about making good architectural photographs, but I suspect that the average amateur feels he has such limited subject matter at hand that he does very little about it. Architectural photography might be more widely practiced if opportunities were more readily available.
Here s another of Popko’s inimitable photographic puzzles, guaranteed to amuse, if not confuse, you. Sharpen up a pencil, summon your wits and hit the deck. Place a check mark in the square before the answer you feel is most like the right one, and when you’ve finished, turn to page 126 to learn the correct ones.
A NEW TYPE of photographic exposition, “This Is Photography,” will take place in Chicago’s International Amphitheatre from March 3 to 12, inclusive, as a feature of the Annual Chicago International Sports and Outdoor Show. Sponsored by the Chicago Area Photographic Retailers Association in co-operation with the National Association of Photographic Manufacturers, Inc.
College photographers have until April 30 to meet the deadline for the Kappa Alpha Mu International Collegiate Contest, held annually by the honorary fraternity to advance the field of pictorial journalism. Any student in an accredited college or university is eligible.
IN ADDITION to being “tops” as a hobby, a creative art, and an essential part of our daily lives, photography has proved to be a tremendous force in rehabilitation work at Army, Navy, and Veterans Administration hospitals. Early in World War II the Volunteer Service Photographers organization was formed for the purpose of making snapshots of servicemen in USO and allied clubs.
A flask of water is a lens that makes the world look different—as you can see in this unusual color photograph by Bob Cox
DISTORTION began to intrigue Bob Cox of Glendale, Calif., while he was taking pictures for an article on reflections in silverware (Life, May 16, 1949—ED.). Then he began to wonder what things would look like if they were photographed through glass.
This expert in photo-reportage gets extra impact into his pictures by invariably building them around people
FIND THE AMPERAGE
THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S toughest job is learning how to handle people. I found this out the hard—and the only way: by taking many, many pictures of all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. If I were asked to give the amateur advice on how to get places in photography, I would sum it up briefly like this:
Sticking diligently to the photographic rule book paid off for Max Kettel. It took him just two days to put his amateur training to good use and become a highly-regarded professional
JOHN K. KING
MONSIEUR MAX KETTEL leaped from amateur standing to professional photo fame in two days. In 48 hours’ time he bought a new camera for which he had been saving for months, scooped the pick of Europe’s press photographers, quit his job as a draftsman, and launched a career in professional photography that has made his name famous throughout Europe.
THE CLAIM to the title of “most photographed” usually is associated with the models whose glamorous pictures adorn the covers and pages of the nation’s magazines. There’s one way to cinch the title, however, and that is to take your own picture thousands of times—which is exactly what Helen Berger Noll has done.
Are we entering a new era in lighting? Dramatic effects are giving way to naturalness, achieved with daylight and normal interior illumination
DAVID I. ZEITLIN
THERE IS a growing tendency today, primarily among the photo-journalists, to leave elaborate lighting equipment behind and make pictures by whatever illumination happens to be at hand. Daylight and ordinary tungsten interior lighting are coming back into their own, because of the naturalness of pictures taken with them.
Crisp and sparkling scenes challenge the winter photographer, but this expert’s timely tips will help you capture all the season’s grandeur
HAD the poet, Lowell, been a photographer, his immortal lines might easily have turned out to be: “What is so rare as a day in Snow! Then, if ever, come perfect days!” After a fresh snowfall, what photographer can resist the thoughts of capturing on film the very texture of the white robe that acts as a reflector to lighten shadows, and transforms the everyday world into a realm that becomes newly alive?
These rules helped the late John Randolph become a success in color. Let them guide you to better pictures
THE USE OF color photography, by the amateur and the professional, is mushrooming at an exceedingly rapid rate—despite the comparatively higher costs of color materials, and despite the added care that must be exercised in their use. To the list of names of earlier successful color users—which included such experts as Paul Outerbridge, Anton Bruehl, and Ivan Dmitri—must now be added a host of others.
Though we live in a modern era, reminders of days gone by still can be found by the photographer with an alert eye. It's always interesting to contrast pictures of vanishing scenes with those of more recent vintage—as is done in this feature.
Tired of making exhibition prints? Then simply shoot the incidents and scenes that have a personal appeal
A. L. ARMSTRONG
ARE you leaving your camera idle because you can find nothing worthwhile to shoot? Are you sighing for new photographic worlds to conquer when, as a matter of fact, you have not yet mastered your own surroundings? If so, you are probably a victim of Salonitis!
The picture of a person should be more than just a likeness; use discernment, plus care in lighting and posing, and you will capture the subjects personality and character, too
FOR those who accept the challenge of portraiture, a photograph bearing a likeness of the subject is not enough. A true portrait will reveal the personality and character of the individual before the camera. Ted Bokor of Pasadena, Calif.
ANY PHOTOGRAPHER who regularly uses synchro-flash (in contrast to open flash) needs an instrument which provides accurate periodic check-ups on the synchronization of his equipment (unless his camera or shutter is equipped with internally built-in synchronizer contacts which cannot get out of “sync”).
Justin Savage of St. Louis, Mo., took his shot of a Mississippi paddlewheeler with a 4x5 Graphic View camera, a 5⅜-in. Ektar lens, and a deep-yellow filter. Exposure for this prize-winning entry in the 1948 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest was 1/100 second at f/16 on Kodak Super-XX film.
Two Chicago newspaper photographers spirit a tiny Minox into the county jail and come out with the picture scoop of the decade
THE problem was to get a picture of James Morelli, “Mad Dog” killer, as he was being electrocuted in the county jail in Chicago. And so, despite the fact that cameras are barred from execution chambers, Anthony Berardi, chief photographer of the Chicago Herald-American, and Joe Migon, a veteran staff man, tackled the problem and thus came up with the picture scoop of the decade.
WITH more readers entering POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S Christmas Card Contest each year, and with the quality of entries continuing to rise, the editors find it increasingly difficult to pick the ten winners each year. It’s part of our seasonal festivity to look over the greeting card entries, and by the time January’s closing date came around the entire staff was impressed with the fact that more capable photographers made their own greeting cards this year than ever before.
Sponsored by the Kokomo Camera Club, the 1950 Indiana Salon of Photography has a print closing date of March 11, 1950. On March 25 final selection of entries will be made by a jury composed of Robert Weaver, Ed Tobias, and Don Loving, A.P.S.A.
YOU want to show your home movies with pride, don’t you? And you want your family and friends to be on speaking terms with you. don’t you? These two objectives can be won by the amateur if he will think out his shooting. To help you eliminate errors from your filming, here are some common movie boners that you may have noticed in the films of fellow cine enthusiasts— look them over, for you might even pin a few on yourself.
Revealing and entertaining near shots of outdoor life can be made with your telephoto lens to thrill viewers
ORMAL I. SPRUNGMAN
SEE that dark spot way off there in the background? That’s a cheeky chipmunk—or maybe it’s a little rabbit. Danged if I can even remember now—but it sure was big!” How many times have you had to apologize for the wild life scenes in your outdoor footage?
PAPER FORESTS. 11 min., 16-mm black-and white. Rental $2 per day, Sale $45. Flory Films, Inc., 303 East 71st Street, New York 21, N. Y. It takes a year from the time a tree is felled until it becomes your daily newspaper. This film shows the vast Canadian forest which is one of the chief sources of U. S. paper.
British Information Services, an agency of the British Government, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York 20, N. Y. announce four new film-strips that are now available: “Sheffield: City of Steel” which describes the many varied Sheffield, manufacturing center of Yorkshire, industries and shows scenes from the life of the city.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. Fourteenth Virginia Photographic Salon, Camera Club of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. On exhibit at Valentine Museum, Richmond, Va., Feb. 12 to March 12.
THESE Salons are comprised of top prize-winning prints from the POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Contests. Representing some of the finest examples of contemporary photography, the salons are available to clubs, libraries, stores, and other organizations open to the public.
A dentist's "chip blower" is an excellent device for dislodging dust from hard-to-get-at corners of photo equipment. It features a long, thin, curved tube which reaches handily into camera bellows, sheet-film holders, and other spots that stubby blowers or brushes can't touch.
IOWA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION will conduct the 4th Annual Greater Iowa Photographic Contest, offering $300 in cash prizes for outstanding photographs of Iowa. The Contest is open to anyone, but each picture submitted must have been taken in the state.
The question and answer device was used to present the material found in : this hilarious book. Fernandel, famous French movie actor, is the model who is interrogated. His facial expressions are the only replies to the questions fired at him.
Executive Secretary of the American Society of Magazine Photographers The Swedish equivalent of the Pulitzer prize in photography, awarded by the Svenska Dagbladet, was won this year by KARL GULLERS. The prize, which carries an award of 1000 Swedish kronen, is given annually for the photographer doing the consistently best work in the field.
AN' ENTIRELY NEW CONTAX using the single-lens reflex principle is introduced by the Ercona Camera Corp., 527 5th Ave., NewYork, N. Y., the American sales representatives for the Contax-S made in the Zeiss plant in Dresden, Germany.