Photography zines (and books)
I have received some very nice things in the post recently, some of which came as a bit of a surprise. This gave me an idea about photography zines and self published books. How about a feature? Read on and find out what I am on about.
Featured photographer, Peter Dench
I have been following the work of photographer Peter Dench for a while now. Peter is the man behind England Uncensored, a great photographic essay about the people of the UK. Fortunately for JCH Peter was able to give us a little interview, hope you like it.
Featured photographer, Antonis Damolis
Recently on another tour of my contacts on Flickr I noticed some very interesting pictures and thought I should have another look. Antonis has a style that I find humorous but also demanding. With well composed images and use of shadows. Let’s learn a bit more about this great photographer.
Are they the same? Who cares?
We have another piece by guest writer Jerome Arfouche for you. This piece is the first in a four part series that wil be spread out over the next week or so. I would really like to hear comments on this. Share your thoughts with us.
A hulk of a camera, born from neccessity
Check this out…A whopper of a camera. I picked this up this week for a customer, whom I think is going to be very very happy with it. Although I don’t think the postman will be when he throws his back out delivering the damn thing.
This is the legendary Fujica GL690 Professional, a camera that was developed by Fuji in the late sixties to meet the needs of photographers who wanted the ease of use of a 35mm rangefinder style camera, with the quality and stability of a medium format film base.
At the time, Japanese commercial photographers were taking a lot of group shots (still a popular line of work in Japan), they needed a camera that was tough, easy to use, gave great quality images and didn’t cost the earth….which is where the Fujica series of rangefinders came in.
The GL690 Pro came as an evolution from earlier G690 models, being released in early 1974. The camera was given an additional release butter for vertical shots, a larger 0.92 viewfinder and the capacity to use 120 roll films instead of sheet film. There were other significant upgrades, including rubberized grips on the lenses, larger viewfinder and strengthened lugs to carry the camera (though who would want to is beyond me).
This monster weighs in at 1745g without the bloody lens! And this particular one comes with two lenses, so I am not looking forward to going to the post office.
This camera was found as part of my equipment sourcing service. You name the camera you want and I shall find it for you (within limits, some things cannot be bought for love nor money). If you need anything, contact me and I can make your camera dreams come true.
The second installment in the Josef Koudelka series of videos that I have promised to post.
Koudelka’s images are incredibly inspiring, it is hard not to be moved by his work. I particularly like his statement “I want to see everything, look at everything, I want to be the view itself”.