What I want to say is directed to all readers of this great mag. The next time you start to write the editor, for the benefit of us thousands of other readers, stop to think about what you are going to write. I am sure the editors are happy to receive constructive criticism for it enables them to publish in our magazine what we want to see.
Aussies, Air Force think big, inflation abroad too
BROOKVALE, AUSTRLIA—Aussies foresee multimedia for Expo 70: Specs for Australian Pavilion at Expo 70, Osaka, Japan, call for projectors to withstand 3 million slide changes, with no more maintenance than weekly lube job. Hanimex is readying 46 La Ronde rotary slide magazine projectors for "color projection as ambitious as anything seen by man."
Is it possible to clean glass or polyethylene bottles that have contained solutions such as hypo, and then use them for developer without running the risk of contamination? J. R. Rogers. Chicago. III. Despite advice to the contrary, this is often feasible.
When you've been in the photographic business as long as I have, there are all kinds of amusing, happy things you remember. Some of my fondest memories are of the time before corporations took themselves so seriously. Just about 10 years ago, a wonderfully imaginative fellow named Phil Mikoda was publicizing Ansco's products and getting great mileage out of his limited budget by mixing humor and whimsey in his efforts.
Arbus—does she cater to the Peeping Tom within us?
We saw the New Document show first at New York's Museum of Modern Art. We entered a small, square gallery and fell into step with the shaflling. jostling mob that slowly eireled the room, pausing before each of Diane Arbus' prints to study it closely.
There are a few cities in the world that you want to revisit. Hone Kong is one. It combines all the elements of a great city: one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, a place where East meets West. Caucasian, Oriental, Indian, with the sometimes beautiful combinations of the races, can be seen.
All right: everyone agrees you have talent—not just your family and friends, but the experts too. What happens now? Where do you go from here? Several readers reacted to my July column, "To See or Not to See Young Hopefuls," in which I discussed my experiences with individuals seeking honest evaluation of their work and counsel on their chances of really gaining a foothold in the field of photography.
Isn't it great? After long struggle, photography is now an accepted art form at many museums. Famous exhibitions such as The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art. and Photography In the Fine Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. both in New York City, have paid tribute to the medium.
Two end-of-summer exhibits in New York, while modest in content, were of no small importance as examples of "concerned photography" in action. Though otherwise unrelated, both shows had in common the utilization of the medium as a means of generating community togetherness.
Anyone who wants to extend his scope in low-level, available-light photography should make it a habit to carry some extra support to eliminate camera shake at slow, hard-to-hold-steady shutter speeds. For most of us, such tools should be pocketable and permit quick shooting.
The big Miami Seaquarium is one of the most photography-conscious tourist attractions I've ever encountered. You're constantly reminded of the management's awareness that picture-taking is an important adjunet to sightseeing. It starts almost immediately after you pass through the gate and head for the main exhibition building; you begin to encounter "picture points." These are recommended (usually because of their background views ) as good places to stop and shoot a few.
Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon; A View From Space II (Smithsonian) to Nov. 9. Face of California Nov. 30-Dec. 14 • The Art Museum, California State College, Long Beach; Photographs by Robert D. Routh Dec. 9-31 • Los Gatos High School Library, Los Gatos; Face of California Oct.
The easiest way to make a color print from a slide or color negative is to go to your local camera store and ask the clerk to have it done for you. Normal time of delivery is about a week. My experience from doing just this is that I get back darn good quality 8x10 and 11x14-in. enlargements.
Olympus Pen FT Pro. a super compact 35, measures two in. from front of the lens to hack of the camera. Minimum focusing distance is 21/2 ft. Its 38-mm f/2.8 lens covers a 43-degree angle. Weight. 18 oz. Price, $189.95, with leather pouch. Distributor is Ponder & Best, 11201 W. Pico Blvd.
One solution to the problem of camera storage while traveling in a car is to make use of an arm rest car-tote normally used to carry maps, tissues, change, etc. It has the advantage of being like a portable glove compartment but without the heat build-up in summer that alflicts regular glove compartments.
Just as soon as the amateur graduates beyond the "Whoopee, I've got sound with my picture!" stage, he generally finds that his equipment sharply limits both imagination and creativity. The average amateur outfit—that is, the basic picture/sound equipment—is intended only to get some sort of sound in synch with film or slides.
Can I clean sound-stripe film with an alcohol-type cleaner? I don't know about the film, but alcohol is used to clean magnetic oxide off rollers. Better check with the concern that does your striping before attempting any cleaning. What is the accepted frequency range for speech, good quality, and hi-fi, as applied to recorders and amplifiers?
Some of the best photographic reportage never gets into the newspaper or Sunday magazine section. This is not to revive the old complaint about picture magazines that they shoot 10 stories for every one they publish. Actually, the number might prove to be even a little higher.
People like to look at other people. Check this for yourself the next time you have to wait in line at your neighborhood movie house. When the feature film ends and the crowd starts filing out, notice how you and all the other patrons waiting to get in strain to look at the faces moving past.
Nothing irks me more than the arbitrary, unthinking division of photographic tools into "amateur" and "professional." Instead of pinning labels on things, both amateurs and pros should take an objective look and call any piece of equipment into use that can do the required job.
That bargain may not always really be one, especially if it has to come at the expense of quality. And speaking of quality, are you sure that you want (and need) what the pros currently dig?
"I HAVE JUST RECEIVED a Super-Automat for Christmas. Are you planning to run a Lab Report on it? I'm anxious to know how it checks out." "I am planning to buy a Flexatron, but am concerned about the lens. How docs the f/1.4 compare with the f/1.8, and with the f/1.4 of other cameras?"
Paul Strand's two latest books are so similar in design, style, and tone that the success of one and failure of the other can best be explained by the disparity in size between the countries they have chosen to explore. A small group of islands off the northwest coast of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides are perfect subjects for Strand's camera and Basil Davidson's pen.
Paul Strand was born in New York City in 1890—thus he is of the same generation as Edward Weston, born in 1886, and Imogen Cunningham, born in 1883—and he lives now in Orgeval, not lar from Paris. On the West Coast, unfortunately, he is primarily a name in the histories of photography, for his work is seldom exhibited in galleries or museums here.
Several of my friends have asked me recently how I solve the terrible problem of exposure compensation when making close-up photographs. I tell them that my solution is an altogether simple one that anybody can master. I use an SLR with behind-the-lens-meter and it does all the figuring for me.
When Kodak first introduced 35-mm Ektachrome Infrared Aero color film, they did so on a limited basis and considered the whole idea as a sort of novelty. They did point out that the film had useful characteristics for scientific, medical, and military purposes.
THE COLORS OF THE SEASON ARE OFTEN SEEN IN A SOFTER LIGHT
Red gives feeling opposite to that of blue, so Allan Weitz's door pairs off well against pictures of snow and ice. The tiny red figure in Bill Binzen's snowscape pops out from the softly monochromatic background. It's his daughter romping about after a snowstorm in Connecticut.
It the test of a camera lies in how quickly one can become accustomed to it. then the Fujica Compact Deluxe can share honors with the best of them. The camera slips into the hand, ready for work without fuss or impediment, but most easily and comfortably, of course, with the case removed.
LENS PERFORMANCE: Fuji and Citizen, respective makers of the lens and shutter, deserve high praise for the good job of centering. As I've often remarked, good lens performance cannot be achieved unless the elements are well centered. And this demanding job is all the tougher when the lens is mounted in a shutter.
The 126 format is now an accepted world-wide phenomenon, and with this popularity has come more and more sophistication in such cameras. One of the newest of these to come on the scene is the Sears TLS 126 Reflex, a modest, useful SLR. I'd like to say right here that I'm a dyed-in-the-wool fan of instant-loading cameras, and I can now add this one to the list I can recommend to my friends.
LENS PERFORMANCE: In testing lenses, big surprises seldom come in modest packages. But this one did. The first surprise is the diaphragm. Unlike conventional circular ones, this diaphragm employs two blades whose shape changes from circular to arrowhead to circular as the lens is stopped down.
HE went up the carpeted stairs, past the guards, then turned left and went through the high-ceilinged hall and into the office of Dwight Chapin, appointments secretary to President Nixon, and waited for the sign that it was okay to enter the oval office.
Slides are commonly viewed with an air of fatalistic resignation. There they are, for better or worse, and there's nothing you can do about them. Well, take courage. You may not be able to go back to the moment or the scene of your indiscretion, but you can recompose your transparencies, shift the colors one way or the other for a more pleasing effect, perhaps even drastically for dramatic images.
THE HATTERSLEY CLASS: LIKE IT REALLY IS... HOW TO TELL IT THAT WAY
YOU DON'T COME ON HIP WHEN YOU'RE IN SQUARESVILLE
A good many young people want to do more than merely amuse themselves with their photography. They take it very seriously and assume, rightly, that it can he much more than just fun and games. T he pictures here are by Paul Friedman, a young man who had the notion that he might be able to use his camera to help improve the lot of the American Indian.
IT'S AN ENLARGER, IT'S AN ANALYZER It's a 'super' system
WHEN color first came on the scene, darkroom work seemed to die out. Color laboratories sprang up all over the country, and photographers began to send their films to them. Only the most ambitious studios and professional photographers attempted to make their own color prints.
MINOX C is a big step removed from the B. This latest model in the pioneering line of subminiatures has a CdS cell that electronically controls its shutter over a stepless range from 1/1,000 all the way to seven seconds. Despite this and a great many other refinements, the C doesn't look noticeably different from the selenium-celled B; it's barely 3/4 in. longer.
SCREENINGS hours), DISCUSSIONS (cool and heated), IMPACT(90 blown minds)
HARVEY V. FONDILLER
It was a week of total involvement with films—42 hours of screenings and continuous discussion from breakfast until far into the night. During the 15th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn., 90 participants lived in an ambiance created by the multiple images of cinematic reality and fantasy.
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I am trying to find a positive enlarging paper, with which to make black-and-white prints directly from color slides, avoiding making a negative. Michael S. Jesky. McAdoo, Pa. Kodak Super Speed Direct Positive paper and special processing kits are what you need.