For the sake of us newer subscribers to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, please explain the meaning of photokina. Why is this a photokina “year?” Arthur Leslie, Natick, Ma. Photokina is a biennial trade show of photography and photography equipment held in Cologne, Germany.
Despite the economic slump, the international crises, and the moral malaise in the U.S., 1974 came around as an extraordinary year for photography, a year in which its recognition as an art form and a communications medium increased dramatically both in width and depth of penetration.
I hope you can help me with my problem. A friend dropped some of my Kodak color prints on a wet, dirty floor. What solution should I dip them in to clean them? Anna C. Koper, New Rochelle, N. Y. These prints can be washed with clean tap water, and this might do the cleaning job.
For OM-1 users, three new lenses: a macro, zoom, and fisheye; for slide projection, a dissolver
Sometimes I rave on and on about wideangle lenses such as the Olympus 16mm fisheye, at other times about zooms, then still other times about telephoto lenses: I'm an equipment freak. Each new piece of equipment holds a certain amount of fascination for me, and that's what makes my job fun.
Fungus? Scratches? Dirt? Here's a way to preserve and protect your slides
It was an agitated, indignant voice at the other end of the phone: “That so-and-so professional lab cleaned my Kodachrome slides, and in doing so removed the protective lacquer!” The result, the story went on, was that since his slides were now sensitive to dirt and scratches, his slides already showed evidence of such abuse.
After" Minor retiring," White is busier than ever with projects
In town one weekend this past November to grace the opening of the Alfred Stieglitz Gallery and his one-man show there, Minor White told me in an interview that his retirement as professor of photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been amended, that he had been recalled for a year, made professor emeritus, and granted a sabbatical to catch up on photographing and the books he is writing.
Early "hardware" designers advanced photography as much as photographers did
EATON S. LOTHROP, JR
Chances are that you can name more famous photographers than you can famous camera makers. And anybody who has delved, even superficially, into American photography’s past is more likely to remember such people as Mathew Brady, Napoleon Sarony, Alfred Stieglitz, or Ansel Adams, than W., W. H., and H. J. Lewis; G. F. E. Pearsall; William Schmid; or William H. Walker.
Minor White—Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Gallery, New York City (Nov. 3-Dec. 3, 1974). A one-man show by Minor White inaugurated the Alfred Stieglitz Gallery, which adjoins its sister gallery, SoHo, the only membership organization of its kind in New York.
When the going gets tough, here's the outfit I take along
She was ahead and below, making a long traverse across the slope. The snow kicked up behind her downhill ski as it had most of her weight. Her posture was forward, and she looked great while I made two exposures. She planted her right pole, shifted her weight to her left ski, and carved a tight turn.
Frustrated? Frazzled? Try these nifty anti-aggravation techniques, gadgets
CORA WRIGHT KENNEDY
Anyone for some special anti-aggravation techniques? One of the curious things about photography is that no matter how much fun it is basically, there are times when highly irritating aggravations set in. So, like all working photographers, I keep my eyes open for ways and means of coping before or after the frustrating fact.
If I had gone to the Art Center School I'd be famous
PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY PRIZE ESTABLISHED
When I was a teenager, oh, so very long ago, I had something in common with today’s teenager in that I read POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY. I also had acne and an Argus, and in no way were these two “hads” related except that they both started with the letter A.
Aspheric elements? Zeiss makes 'em like butter patties
We live in a world full of aspheric shapes, yet trying to produce one of these precisely, thousands of times over, has proven to be one of the biggest engineering challenges in our optical industry’s history. By definition, an aspheric surface is one which is not spherical.
The black-and-white film-developing dilemma: could this be the answer?
It’ll cost you about $6.20 to replace your present Kodak Darkroom Dataguide with the newest version. The new one was officially published January, 1974, but actually became available a few months later. Inside, it looks much like the previous Darkroom Dataguides.
Bakersfield: The Photographic Gallery, Suite 13, 505 18th, Gregory Izer and Harlan Ode/Hawaii Series. Feb. 1-Mar. 12• Capitola: Photo Workshop, 201-D Monterey Ave., monthly exhibits by local photographers • Carmel: Friends of Photography Gailery, Sunset Cultural Center, San Carlos at 9th, monthly exhibits • Costa Mesa: Library, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., Terminal Landscape. Feb. 15-Mar.
A 90-mm SMC Takumar f/2.8 for the Pentax 6x7 camera incorporates a leaf shutter, permitting X synch at speeds of 1/30 to 1/500 sec. Lens has a 52.5° viewing angle, stops down to f/22, focuses to just under three ft., and weighs 21 oz. Price, $529.50.
A practical guide to a successful relationship by a leading New York agent
THE PICTURE AGENT: MAN IN THE MIDDLE
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S VIEW OF THE PICTURE AGENCY
MEETING THE PICTURE AGENT
AN INTERVIEW WITH A PICTURE AGENT
THE PICTURE AGENCY: TYPES AND SPECIALTIES
THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF IDEAS
HOW AGENCIES FIND NEW USES FOR OLD MATERIAL
THE FREE LANCE, THE AGENCY, AND THE FUTURE
Every day several free-lance photographers arrive in New York City in search of some answers to questions about pursuing a photographic career, particularly in the field of photojournalism. They come laden down with an assortment of backbreaking portfolios of prints, circular trays, hopes, and misconceptions.
One of the most reliable, carefully made, and widely used focal-plane shutters to be found in 35-mm SLRs over the past decade or so has been the Copal Square shutter. First governed by strictly mechanical means, we’ve seen it adopt electronic governing for use in some of the world’s first electronically governed auto-exposure SLRs featuring aperture priority.
Making straight lines come out straight, even when these lines appear near the edge of the picture is the proud aim of any lens designer who is worth his salt. It’s not a simple task, as any maker of extreme wideangle lenses can tell you. Therefore, even a “cheapie” in the ultrawide-angle field is not necessarily at the bottom of the barrel pricewise.
It’s a 400-plus print show of work by outstanding American photographers. It’s sponsored by an agency of our federal government. More than 200,000 people have seen it—so far. But you probably never will. Unless, of course, you happen to be in Sibiu at the right time.
KODAK KODABROME RC ENLARGING PAPER: how good is it
Same negative printed on all five contrast grades of Kodabrome RC
Just like other enlarging papers, you choose the contrast to suit the negative
How Kodabrome cornpares to Medalist
Same negative on highest contrast of Kodabrome, AgfaGevaert Brovira, and Ilford llfobrom
“RC” stands for “resin coated.” Like Kodak’s Polycontrast Rapid RC, introduced late in 1972, the new Kodabrome RC is a fast, neutral-toned enlarging paper that is coated on both sides with water-resistant plastic, so processing solutions and water can’t soak into the paper except through the edges.
A master of romantic photography reminisces about her life and work
"My photographs are gifts and I am always glad when they have touched people"
It is altogether fitting to discover that Nell Dorr’s home is a barn-shaped house, tucked into the earth in a pine-covered hillside from which spreads a dream-like vista of a long meadow sloping to a brook fringed with willow trees. Bells tinkle on tree branches, birds feed at the tray her grandson built outside her bedroom window, and scrapbooks, books of photography, history, and poetry, sculptures, shells, pictures, flowers, and countless memorabilia cover all the tables and fill the bookshelves.
STAR TEST: Centering was perfect. The longitudinal chromatic abberration was just a touch over the average, but examining the lens for lateral chromatic aberration drew a blank—there was none anywhere in the field. The undercorrected residual spherical aberration caused a focus shift of 0.10 mm when stopping down from wide open to f/5.6.
I picked up the GAF L-17 on the fly while dashing with the family to a volunteer fireman’s parade. Being a Fire-engine nut, I didn’t have time to be checked out on it and didn’t stop to read the instruction book before I started shooting pictures.
From its thick-walled casting to its robust wind gears, the L-17 appears to have been intended to withstand heavy-duty use. The camera’s top cover is unusually heavy, made of brass and of a thicker gauge than average. All other parts are proportionally large, with heavy springs, which both inspire confidence and the feeling that a form of “overkill” is being practiced.
Some time ago I saw an ad for a super 8 movie camera that can use lenses from 35mm single-lens reflex cameras. Can you please tell me who makes it? Randy C. Hamilton, McPherson, Ks. There are several cameras that have this feature. First you have the Leicina Special (shown), distributed by E. Leitz, Inc., Link Drive, Rockleigh, N.J. 07647.