January 30, 2018

The Mamiya "Press" is a line of medium-format rangefinder cameras produced by Mamiya in Japan from 1960 to the early 70s, and targeted at the professional press photography market,

The camera went through several model iterations in its relatively brief lifeti...

January 30, 2018

Artist, teacher, mentor, writer, musician, outdoorsman, preservationist, photographer. These are some words of many that describe the life and work of Ansel Adams, spanning most of the 20th century.

A native of San Francisco, Ansel spent many years travelling throughout...

January 25, 2018

Determining the age of most Hasselblads is generally a more interesting process than with most camera brands. Where most cameras have a sequential serial number which usually has no special built-in meaning, and which requires a table associating ranges of serial numbe...

January 23, 2018

"Zeiss Bumps" are hard bumps that appear under the leather covering of vintage cameras.. These greenish bumps "grow" over time, the result of a build-up of a hard, waxy chemical substance. produced when copper rivets on the camera body react with adhesives and moisture...

January 22, 2018

The Rolleiflex Automat Model 3, also known as type K4B2, is a medium format TLR film camera manufactured by Franke & Heidecke in Braunschweig, Germany.  It was produced between 1945-1949. The Automat gets its name from the introduction of an automatic film counter in 1...

January 15, 2018

First, a couple things to bear in mind; the condition of the taking lens and the integrity of the camera body are of paramount concern--anything else can be repaired or replaced, but if the lens is degraded by fungus, separation, or significant damage, or if the camera...

January 14, 2018

It seems these days so many different types of lenses are referred to as "portrait lenses", regardless of what they were originally meant for. I've argued with self-appointed "experts on large format lenses" who insisted Rodenstock Apo-Ronar process lenses and general-...

July 16, 2016

(Originally appeared on Europena CEO, 16 Jul 2016)

Sales of photographic film have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and amateurs alike rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physi...

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What is the past and present state of photography? Is it dead, or just waking up? How can past technologies inform us about ourselves, and even help us predict the future? 

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Mark Sawyer

Mark is a large format and wet plate expert. He is former president of the Western Photographic Historical Society

Lee is a black-to-white documentary and lifestyle photographer, and founder of B2W Photography

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