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In 1991, Nikon Was One of NASA’s First Electronic Still Cameras

In 1991, NASA sent out a hacked Nikon F3 with a Kodak digital back out into space. The camera was called the Kodak Hawkeye II. I was born in 1993 and even in that time, this kind of technology was almost unheard of. [more]

Amy Toensing Photographs the Oldest Culture on Earth

At 60,000 years old, the Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest, longest-running culture on Earth. Amy Toensing photographed them for National Geographic, lending her intimately deep sense of storytelling to the sad and tragic history of their culture and the bond they share with their land. [more]

Fascinating Colorizations Bring New Life to Historical Photographs

Ryan Urban, a young EMT and nursing student from Colorado, has been crafting incredible colorizations of historical black and white photographs. With the addition of color, the images are suddenly full of life, giving the viewer a glimpse at what the scenes depicted in these photographs would have looked like at the time.  [more]

Sanitation Worker’s WWI Photo Collection

Bob Smethurst, from Sussex, England, has a collection of 5,000 WWI photos, all of which were collected from the trash while Bob was working for the sanitation department. Bob found the first photos in the 1970′s and hated to see them thrown away, so he began to salvage these discarded memories for the next 30 years.
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Steve McCurry Shoots the Last Roll of Kodachrome Film

“All good things must come to an end.” It’s a common theme throughout this special by National Geographic in which we follow Steve McCurry on his quest of shooting the last roll of Kodak Kodachrome film ever made. It’s a pretty daunting and heavy assignment to be sure – one McCurry is no stranger to. That fact is even more apparent when we learn that it was McCurry who asked for the final roll. [more]

Emil Stankiewicz’s Talbotype Camera

Polish photographer Emil Stankiewicz’s has created a unique, handmade Talbotype camera nicknamed Idlozi, which means “window to your heritage soul.” Each unique image captured by the wooden camera starts as a paper negative which is then rephotographed with the same box camera to yield a positive print. The camera also known as a “street camera” or “á la minute camera” are inspired by Henry Fox Talbot’s calotype, the British inventor who was able to create a paper negative from which positive prints could be contact printed.

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Back In The Day – The New York City Subway In All Its Former Glory

In 1985 there were approximately 40 recorded felonies on the New York City subway system. Every single day. It’s a wonder how young photographer Chris Morris mustered the courage to set off on to the mean (subterranean) streets and begin months of personal project work documenting the New York subway. [more]

Photographer Simulates Vintage Lenses Through Modern DSLR

A while ago we wrote about the Kickstarter project aimed at bringing the historic Petzval Lens to modern day 35mm DSLRs. Shortly after another Kickstarter was launched to bring this Petzval to the medium format crowd. While off the shelf options such as these can appeal to the masses there remain a few inventive photographers such as Dr. Dirk HR Spennemann who prefer to mix their passion for photography and history with some good old ingenuity to bring us a project simply called “The Antique Camera Simulator”. [more]

Photobooth Tintype Studio in San Fran to Close

Some four thousand custom tintype portraits, countless Polaroids and more than 30 gallery shows but after four years in business, Photobooth San Francisco is closing its doors at the end of March 2014. One of the few commercial studios selling custom hand-made tintypes, Photo Booth, located on Valencia Street, has been a favorite and easy place to have a one-of-a-kind metal portrait made.

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100 Year Old Negatives Found In The Antarctic

A group of conservators restoring one of the century old supply depots established by Robert Falcon Scott during his expedition to the South Pole found more than they bargained for. In the corner of one of the huts lay a solid block of ice containing 22 negatives that have been quite well preserved for an entire century. [more]

Robert Capa’s Unseen Color Photos

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Capa, the iconic war photographer and Magnum Photos co-founder whose life, documented in the autobiography Slightly Out of Focus, is the stuff of legend. Capa’s centenary has brought with it a number of undiscovered treasures from his life including his only surviving audio interview from October 1947 but also a rich collection of slide film taken on assignment from 1938 until his death in 1954. [more]

Medium Format Latest in Petzval Lens Resurgence

The swirly bokeh of fast lenses designed by Joseph Petzval in the mid-19th century is no longer solely available to fine art photographers using view cameras. In July, we profiled a Kickstarter campaign by Lomography to fund the creation of a brass Petzval for Nikon and Canon mounts. Now, a new campaign is hoping to fund the production of an F3.8 120mm lens for medium format cameras with a Pentacon Six and Hasselblad compatible mount. [more]

Rare Vintage Swimsuit Photos Of Geisha

Rob Oechsle, a photographer and researcher, has compiled a series of photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century featuring Geishas. What makes these photos all the more striking is the fact that they feature these women in swimwear and against themed backdrops. It goes against our traditional views of how these women lived and dressed and gives us a deeper insight into the extent of Geisha influence on Japanese culture. [more]

Famous B&W Photos Masterfully Brought To Life with Color

These photos completely alter my perspective on the past. A black and white photo, for me, evokes a completely different emotion than that of a colorized counterpart, especially if it’s a photo I’ve seen in black and white for over twenty five years. In any case, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I seriously need to see a tutorial on this. [more]

Iconic Photographer Deborah Turbeville Dies at 81

The photography world lost one of its legends on Thursday with the death of fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville. She was 81. Turbeville lived in Manhattan, until her death, which resulted from her battle with lung cancer. Known as the “anti-Hemlut Newton,” Deborah Turbeville’s sense of femininity, combined with her penchant for darkness, made her one of the influential greats. [more]

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