Good Night, Elsa.

A “perverse combination of dime store photography and Renaissance portraiture.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/arts/design/with-film-supply-dwindling-a-photographer-known-for-huge-portraits-stares-at-retirement.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=wide-thumb&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

Be sure to follow all of the links as well.

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2015/12/30/elsa-dorfman

Photographer Elsa Dorfman with her 20x24 Polaroid camera in her studio. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Photographer Elsa Dorfman with her 20×24 Polaroid camera in her studio. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Estenopeico’s Decalogue, According to Fefo

1) Un estenopeico,no compra cámaras, se las hace.

2) A un estenopeico, generalmente le regala una cámara, otro estenopeico.

3) Un estenopeico si eventualmente, tiene que comprar una cámara, será estenopeica.

4) A un estenopeico, déjalo libre, porque en el espacio de la libertad, es donde mejor esta.

5) Nunca le preguntes a un estenopeico cuantas cámaras tiene (no tiene idea de cuantas tiene…. o tendrá).

6) Un estenopeico, no se olvida una cámara en un poste, está haciendo una solarigrafia.

7) Para un estenopeico, todas las fotos estenopeicas están buenas o muy buenas o impresionantemente buenas.

8) Para un estenopeico, solo dos o tres fotos estenopeicas, son malas, pero algo de bueno seguro tienen.

9) A un estenopeico lo entiende, otro estenopeico mucho, alguna persona más, otras no lo entienden.

10) Un estenopeico, no compite, comparte.

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1) A pinhole photographer doesn’t buy cameras, he makes them.

2) A pinhole photographer usually gives a camera to another pinhole photographer.

3) If a pinhole photographer eventually has to buy camera, it will be a pinhole camera.

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4) Let a pinhole photographer go free, because freedom of space is better for this.

5) Never ask a pinhole photographer how many cameras he has. He has no idea how many he has (or will have).

6) A pinhole photographer won’t forget a camera on a pole; he’s doing a solargraph.

7) For a pinhole photographer, most pinhole photos are good. Or very good. Or really, really good.

8) For a pinhole photographer, only two or three pinhole photos are bad (they gotta have some).

9) One pinhole photographer understands another pinhole photographer very well; others just don’t understand.

10) A pinhole photographer doesn’t not compete, he shares.

Get Yourself Another (Another!) New Camera, to Travel Far and Wide

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It’s a lightweight, hardbody 4×5 that takes your 90mm lens, and it won’t break the bank!

https://wanderlustcameras.com

Viv In Motion

…on 8mm.

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https://www.nowness.com/story/the-8mm-films-of-vivian-maier

Everyone Lives In Modern Times

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…from “Printing By Flash” by William J. Frazier, 1967

Q. o’ th’ D.: Marvin Gaye

“I’d been studying the microphone for a dozen years, and I suddenly saw what I’d been doing wrong. I’d been singing too loud. One night I was listening to a record by Lester Young, the horn player, and it came to me. Relax, just relax. It’s all going to be all right.”

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The Future, Mr. Gitts!

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http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2015/02/ilford-film-photographer-study.html

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http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/05/film-studios-kodak-deal?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/PSEUDOSC/Robust.HTM

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Pinhole Day Is Coming

We’ve demonstrated a number of times how quick and how easy it can be to make a pinhole camera; we’ve also seen examples of how specialized a camera can be designed. Now is the time to do it for World Wide Pinhole Photography Day.

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http://pinholeday.org/participate/

There are endless links to resources, from Kodak to artists to enthusiast groups to youtube tutorials. Dig in! Here are a few examples from the Huge School.

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I Prefer “Decline.”

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“Every format has particularities and film renders space, light, color and volume in distinct ways from digital as well as from the formats previous to film’s invention. Those distinctions affect content because of the inherent links between technique, form and meaning: changes in how photographs appear create different readings just as the changes in how the words we choose when we write a text alter meanings as we read them.”

http://www.fototazo.com/2015/04/the-meaning-of-films-decline.html

A Cool Tool

What a great idea, from a site full of great ideas: adapt the excellent lens you already own for your film camera so that it can fit a no-film camera.

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http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/23999