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!"
I stopped into my local camera repair shop last week to retrieve my Leitz Summarit which got damaged during my family trip to Disney earlier this year. Lev, the shop-owner told me that he had something I might be interested in. He brought out a little black Barnack Leica and I tried my best to keep […]Read more "A Brief History of my 1930 Leica I/III"
Fire up your 1967 Pontiac LeMans & slip into those stylish black leather driving gloves! Night of the Living Dead trading cards are coming to get you! Welcome to Mass Hysteria: The Definitive Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Checklist! I’m Johnny Martyr and I’ve been collecting NotLD since I was a kid. I’ve […]Read more "Mass Hysteria: The Definitive Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Checklist"
Trying something a bit different for this small project. I gathered an Underwood portable typewriter, a Zeiss Ikon folding camera, Bell rotary telephone and a General Electric electric fan. I set them out on a wood floor in my home and photographed these objects using three integral instant film cameras, a very new Fuji Instax Mini […]Read more "Camera. Typewriter. Telephone. Fan."