When I was visiting New York City this past year, to photograph MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, I accidentally damaged my 1930 Leica. I stopped by The Leica Store, SOHO and talked to them about the problem. I was told that Leica, only in the last several years stopped accepting service requests on […]Read more "The 2019 Leica Repair Tech List"
Volkswagen has announced that the last Beetles will roll off the assembly line in July of this year. Articles and social media are lit up with nostalgic tributes to this iconic automobile. After all, the world has been driving the Volkswagen Beetle since 1938. Well, not really. The revolutionary Porsche-designed 1938 Type 1 sedan differs […]Read more "Good Riddance to the VW Beetle"
Unless you’re a studio photographer, the first time that most film shooters consider purchasing a light meter is when they fall in love with some beautiful vintage camera that does not feature a built-in light meter. When I was younger, I naively clung to cameras with built-in meters, not fully appreciating bodies such as early […]Read more "Metering the Meterless"
As a user of a modest pile of vintage thread mount Leica lenses, I’ve found that shooters often skimp on using shades with these little wonders. Sadly, some of these lenses get a bad rep as a result of what is essentially, improper use. The driver is most certainly, cost. Perhaps not surprisingly, vintage Leica […]Read more "Throwing Shade: XOONS, SOOPD, FISON, FIKUS & Other Made-Up Words"
Nobody would argue that knob-wind Leicas are fine cameras that look as beautiful as they perform. With use of more modern designs, however, it doesn’t take long to realise that these cameras are a bit slippery in the hand, due to the symmetrical rounded sides and lack of front or rear grip. A neat accessory […]Read more "A Thumbs Up for a Knob Wind"
I first met film photographer, Brian Henry without realising who he is. You see, around 2011, Brian was processing my film pretty regularly at a lab in Baltimore. Somehow, I connected the dots between our interactions there and his posts in the Film in Baltimore group, so I began following Brian’s work. I also take […]Read more "The Instant (Film) Decay of Brian Henry"
Humpty Dumpty fell off one. Pink Floyd said we’re all just bricks in one. And so for a time, I have been rather obsessed with, yes, WALLS. Specifically, really old ones with a lot of character and a story to tell. There’s a bit of insanity in staring at walls. We associate trying to convince […]Read more "Johnny Martyr. Walls."
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A. Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]Read more "Yashica A, In Use"
The first fully automated, coin-op photo booth appeared in New York City in 1925, predating Polaroid’s first instant film products by more than 2 decades, and paving the way for personal, photographer-free, economic portrait creation. This first photo booth was so popular that within only 6 months over two hundred and eighty thousand people had […]Read more "Photo Booths: Behind the Curtain"
Kodak Tri-X was originally introduced sometime in 1940 but November 1st, 1954 is the date to remember. On November 1st, 1954, Kodak released Tri-X in 120 and 35mm formats. Tri-X was considered a very high-speed film during this time and allowed for quality push processing as well. Photographers were now free to shoot dim scenes […]Read more "Happy Birthday Kodak Tri-X!"