My subscription expires next month and it’s only fair I tell you why I won’t be renewing it. Your magazine deals too much with the dealer and the prospective buyer and not enough with the guy who has the cameras who shoots only for pleasure and lets his photofinisher do the dirty work.
Images help pinpoint chromosomes, fire causes, land resources
PASADENA, CALIF.—Moon computers may see into human cells: Image enhancing computer programs helped Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sharpen pictures radioed from moon and Mars by space vehicles. Now they are used experimentally to sharpen pictures of human chromosomes, then sort, classify, label, and display them on high-resolution TV tubes.
On the Kodak Plus-X Pan film leaflet, development times are given for D-76 diluted 1:1, not for D-76 straight. Can I use this developer undiluted, and can I replenish it and use it again? Jack A. Harlan, Jr., Texarkana, Tex. The answer to all your questions is “yes.”
Just about the time I began to shudder at the thought of nights spent at the typewriter in Cologne’s Hotel Mondial during photokina '70, I was in for a pleasant surprise. Two fascinating trips had been arranged for me— one courtesy of Camera Industries of West Germany, and another sponsored by the Durst firm.
Over the years, as the market for print selling and collecting has steadily expanded, there has been much speculation on whether a photographic gallery could survive by selling color prints exclusively. Now, there is a gallery in New York City that has inaugurated a program of offering color prints for sale on a regular basis.
I’m tired of hearing photographers, art directors, picture editors, picture buyers, and other picture people use the term distortion when they talk about perspective. Although I mentioned this subject in a column some time ago, herewith I’ll attempt to set this subject straight once and for all.
For a long time now, pros and serious amateurs have been touting the virtues of high-contrast Agfa Brovira No. 6 paper. They happily turn to it to save thin, flat, underexposed negatives, as well as to enhance the tonality of well-exposed gray day scenes.
In downtown Helsinki, there’s a graffiti board. I don’t know if it keeps Finns from philosophizing on walls, doors, and other surfaces in public places, but the big white panel, standing at a busy corner near the heart of town, gets so much action that some day it’s bound to get a notice in travelers’ guidebooks as a major attraction.
There’s a good-sized photographer named Hank, who works for a good-sized newspaper out my way, in Mid-America. Hank was brooding about his pictures because his pal, Eddie, was making sharper ones. So Hank called me and asked what he should do about it.
Pre-Surrealism photography: a trip into the subconscious
In 1968, the Museum of Modern Art in New York collected paintings and sculpture to fill the first floor galleries with an exhibit called Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage. At that time, Bruce K. MacDonald of the Photography Department put together a simultaneous show of about 40 prints—many made by unknown photographers—to indicate that the challenge to insight and the fragmentation of established ways of seeing inherent in the paintings of the Surrealists were present in many photographs made long before the Dada movement, which occurred during the first World War, and the Surrealist codification of Dada, which took place shortly thereafter.
Arca-Swiss Preview, a back for the Hasselblad 500 EL motorized camera, accepts Polaroid film packs after modification of the camera’s magazine latching mechanism. Price, $320. Additional details are available from Bogen Photo Corp., P.O. Box 448, Englewood, N.J. 07631.
It is almost inconceivable that any photographer would use anything but the sharpest of lenses for his slides and motion pictures. Fact is, most photographers are always dreaming of their next equipment upgrade, or new ways to make the technical quality one step better.
What is "crosstalk"? Undesired pickup of a signal from an adjacent track recorded on tape. How important is the “pause control" on a line-current recorder? It’s useful for editing purposes and for dictation, since you can stop the movement of the tape without having to switch from “play” to “record” modes.
My very first Pentax is not one of the 35-mm models, but the brand ne 6x7, as it is known. I first saw it, in an early version at the 1966 photokina in Cologne. In private room in the back of their spacious booth, Pentax was secret showing a 6x7-in.-format, single-lens reflex.
Something new, or at least novel, was added to photographic auctions in the double-header offered by Parke-Bernet at its November, 1970, sale—namely, signed photographs of people historically significant in several walks of life in the 19th century.
The image of Parke-Bernet Galleries has suffered. in the eyes of photographica collectors at least, as a result of the November auction last year. Those familiar with the thoroughly researched catalog for the Sidney Strober collection sale of February 1970 found the November sale catalog seemingly underresearched and, at five dollars (six, by mail), overpriced.
In the old days, pros and amateurs used to derisively ask the 35-mm user, “Just what kind of picture can you expect from a camera that makes a negative the size of a postage stamp?” That question is no longer asked. Today, many photographers carry out all their assignments with 35-mm cameras.
To mention the term "press photography" conjures up visions of romantic characters such as Weegee and his generation of rough and ready news photographers. It also seems synonymous with the trademark Speed Graphic. Although that’s a bit unfair, since firms such as Linhof and others also offer many fine cameras of this particular type.
The classic 2¼x2¼ twin-lens reflex, whose origins stem back to the Rolleiflex camera, continues to weather the storm of many camera fads. Today, however, only four companies, Rollei, Minolta, Yashica, and Meopta (Flexaret), continue to make these cameras on a regular basis.
With eye-level prism in place, the 2¼ cameras in this family resemble blown-up versions of 35-mm SLRs. Included here are the Hanimex Praktica 66, also its cousins, the Praktisix and Pentacon Six, the Norita 66, and the Pentax 6x7. All make 2¼ square pictures, except the Pentax, which makes 2¼x2¾-in. "ideal" format images.
Most of us tend to think of view cameras in terms of 4x5-in., 5x7-in., or 8x10-in. negatives and color transparencies. There is no reason, however, why the 2¼-in. worker cannot enjoy this tried, true, and versatile way of making interesting photographs.
The existence of the 47-mm Schneider Super Angulon f/8 lens made the Brooks Veriwide 100 possible. With the 2¼x3¼in. format of this camera, the 47-mm lens covers about 95 degrees. The lens is mounted in an MXV Synchro Compur shutter with speeds of 1 to 1/500 sec.
Unlike photographers who use roll-film, users of sheet-film cameras are not restricted to a comparatively limited number of emulsions. In addition to black-and-white, color transparency, and color negative films, they can obtain continuoustone and high-contrast copying emulsions, film packs, color-slide transparency film, and other special types of emulsions.
Shallow photoquarium helps keep them in frame and in focus
Since the advent of the SLR, the exploration of small subjects has become a favorite goal of many photographers. A few macro advocates have turned their lenses toward aquaria and their fish to discover that this type of photography requires attention to details different from subjects in the air.
A metropolis anywhere turns on Parisian photographer Francisco Hidalgo—not just the static intricacy of buildings old and new, but also the moods of the inhabitants. He has traveled throughout the world for the French magazine Réalités, creating visual nuances by interpreting the subject in accordance with his inner vision.
Some artists, it is said, thrive on conflict—emotional, intellectual, etc.—to achieve high levels of creative output. For Ikko, a Japanese free-lance photographer whose reputation is wellestablished in his home country and throughout Europe, the conflict that led to his development of an incredibly fascinating style of photography was conceptual: having been born into a tradition-bound society that was torn open and left paralyzed by a war, how could he function in and interpret that ancient, yet changing, society today?
Cheesecloth, a towel, rice—to Reginald Wickham, the world is just full of fabrics and surfaces asking to be photographed. Combining them with conventional negatives, he turns out pictures that are genuine originals—not mere recordings of reality
The legend has perhaps been full-blown by now—Gene Smith the hero, journalist, the fighter for editorial integrity, the hard-luck idol, the Judy Garland of photography. It is time to deal with him in the terms of his reality—a man who has suffered, both physically and emotionally, like most men, who has been both great and inadequate, in both public and private, like most men, who is a worker and a goof-off—like most men.
It’s really refreshing in this age of know-it-all to encounter a problem that is experienced by millions, that has its cause named without any contest, and, yet, persists in eluding the total understanding that would make it possible for it to be eliminated at will.
DURST'S L1000/Pavelle 401 is an unusual enlarger combination. For those who are not familiar with the L1000, it is a 4x5-in. enlarger with interchangeable lamphousing. The enlarger head rides over a large triangular column that is calibrated in inches and centimeters.
At first glance, the Fujica G690 looks like a blown-up 35-mm rangefinder camera—all the familiar features of the miniature camera are in evidence: film-transport lever, frame counter, viewfinder/rangefinder window, and accessory shoe.
LENS PERFORMANCE: Fuji and Seicosha, working in concert, win applause for the good job they did in centering—no small trick with lenses mounted in shutters. Axial flare was due mostly to longitudinal chromatic aberration, with some undercorrected spherical aberration evident wide open also.
If you’re an “I-only-like-the-more-expensive-super-metered-gad-gety-cameras-type,” stop reading. The Exa IIa isn’t one of those. It’s basic. There’s no meter, no instant-return mirror, no superhigh speeds, no self-timer, and no high price tag!
LENS PERFORMANCE: Sometimes we can be forgiven for asking, "how good is this lens?” But what about the question, "how bad is this lens?" Perhaps, when the lens is intended to sell for a minimal price, or accompanies a camera that many primarily regard as a "second camera,” the query about "how bad a lens” is most likely.
Time-lapse films compress hours, often produce dramatic effects
You have probably seen and marvelled at examples of time-lapse photography, such as a flower spreading out from a closed bud to an open blossom within a matter of seconds. Most likely you thought that this type of motion-picture magic is restricted to the most advanced technicians, who use complex, costly equipment far beyond your reach.
War Without Heroes, David Douglas Duncan. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. 252 pp.; hardcover, $14.95.
Harper & Row
Face of North Vietnam
Face of North Vietnam, photographs by Marc Riboud, text by Philippe Devillers. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Approx. 150 pp.; hardcover, $14.95; softcover, $5.95.
Since Roger Fenton set off for the Crimea in 1855 with hundreds of pounds of wetplate equipment, the photographic journalist has eagerly undertaken enormous hardship and risk to cover war. Motives have been as various as the photographers themselves, including professional opportunity, the chance to capture dramatic events on film, and the possibility of achieving recognition or glory.
Bakersfield College, Bakersfield; Bertil Brink to Mar. 5 • The Cate School, Carpinteria; Polynesian Art: Ring of Fire (Smithsonian) to Mar. 7 • Grossmont College, El Cajon; Two Greek Photographers/Dimitrios Harissiadis and Aris Konstantinidis (Smithsonian) Mar. 20-Apr. 18
The past holiday season brought with it two omnibus retrospective exhibitions, indicating that (however severe the recession might be) there are still strokes of luck to look forward to. The first of these, a Lewis W. Hine exhibit at the Witkin Gallery in New York (Dec. 2-Jan. 3), was not literally a retrospective, but its size and importance make the distinction merely technical.
On those occasions when direct flash is harsh and bouncelight is too flat, an umbrella provides a soft, directional light. If you don’t want to invest in an umbrella, a close approximation of this type of lighting can be had by bouncing your flash off a 9-in. white paper plate held in the same hand as the flash, and angled toward the subject.
Snap-on camera carrying straps favored by many photographers work much better with round rings than with the triangular ones usually supplied with a camera. These round rings can be purchased in hardware and tackle shops, where they are sold as heavy-duty fishing leaders.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S travel department maintains a complete up-to-date world-wide listing of travel information sources—countries, states and general areas. This page has been designed to help readers plan their vacations, photo tours, and week-end trips, by making it easy for them to obtain current news about any point on the globe.
A library of useful information is available to photographers free, thanks to the instructional literature many manufacturers offer. There are, no doubt, several booklets described here that will interest you. Just enclose 10¢ in coin or stamps to cover handling and you can circle as many choices as you wish on the coupon below.
We will pay $10 for original, illustrated ideas on better picture making, as well as darkroom aids. Please include stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish unused material returned. Clothespin holds thermometer When checking the temperature of bottled solutions, suspend a glass thermometer inside the liquid with the use of a spring-type clothespin. It makes handling simple.
In a recent article on retouching and spotting that appeared in POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY no mention was made of Marshall Spot-All and photo retouching colors. Does this mean they are no longer being made? I had good results with them and would be dismayed if I could no longer get them.