A few years ago, I photographed a Veruca Salt concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I wasn’t an official photographer, I was just having fun with the then still available Fuji FP-3000b peel apart instant film and my 1960’s Polaroid Automatic Land camera. But it was a great night anyway and I’ll always […]Read more "A Post About Louise Post and the Importance of Photography"
You’ve probably heard by now that Fuji have discontinued what was for many shooters, their go-to, general purpose color film, Pro 400H. For anyone who’s been shooting film for more than a few years, we know this rodeo all to well. Fuji or Kodak announce a discontinuation (notice that Ilford never does). The bloggers pick […]Read more "On Fuji Pro 400H and Any Discontinued Stock"
Happy Veterans Day, America! To celebrate, I thought I’d share some film photographs of flags and documenting the political rallies I’ve attended over the years. Enjoy, and thanks to all the soldiers who’ve put their lives on the line, and given their lives, to maintain our freedom. Thanks for reading! Follow, Favorite, Like, Add, […]Read more "Celebrating Veterans Day on 35mm Film"
[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"
In one corner we have a black nosed Zuiko 50mm 1.8 that sells for about the price of an original OM lens cap but has a heck of a reputation! In the other corner we have a chrome-nosed Zuiko 50mm 1.4 that sells for 3 or four original OM lens caps and has a controversial reputation! […]Read more "Olympus Zuiko 50mm Shoot Out!"
My family recently visited Disney World in Orlando Florida. We took plenty of 35mm, DSLR and iPhone photos but some of my daughter’s favorite photos were taken with her Fuji Instax Mini 8. While it’s her camera, and she’s very proficient with it, I took the photos so that Princess Harper could focus on more […]Read more "Photographing Disney with the Fuji Instax Mini 8"
This is not a Polaroid. In art school, we were taught about the important distinction between words, images and objects by Magritte’s Treachery of Images. Just as photojournalists commit themselves to accurate depictions of events, in discussing photography, accurate vocabulary is also critical. Just as edited images can convey falsehoods, incorrect and inaccurate words can […]Read more "Ceci n’est pas une Polaroid."
I have to begin with a confession; I have never been much of a TLR guy. I bought a Yashica 12 TLR while I was still in college and only had half a dozen cameras to my name. I enjoy the camera well enough but the reverse viewing nature of a twin lens just […]Read more "MiNT Instantflex TL70"
On the heels of their discontinuation of all peel apart instant pack film, in September, Fujifilm announced that Instax Mini film would become available in b&w and I was quick to buy some as soon as it hit the market last week! For the younger kids shooting Instax, Fuji Instax Monochrome, removing color & increasing […]Read more "Fuji’s Latest Innovation; No Color!"