A brief History of Photography by Objects – 6 – Oil Painting late 1700’s

Our subject today is probably better known to folk in the UK for his surname which used to be found on branches of opticians. But John Dollond not only founded company that would be part of the fabric of the UK until it sadly disappeared a few years ago but he was also canny businessman who managed to  get the credit (and profits) for an important lens design. But was he the first and why did this lead to legal action and a family feud ? Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 6 – Oil Painting late 1700’s

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THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 14: 26TH OCT-1ST NOV )

This month we run with changes over at Flickr and the release of Warhol’s photo collection online. We’ll also sign up with the RVS for some wartime shots and look at when to use Kodak’s finest. And someone sticks an intax on a drone and your chance to share and give. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 14: 26TH OCT-1ST NOV )

A brief History of Photography by Objects – 5 – Photograph of Newborn Baby 1997

This pixelated photograph from an early consumer digital camera might seem an  odd inclusion. Babies have been stable subjects for photographs from the days of the Daguerreotype. By 1997 although not fully mainstream, digital cameras were starting to gain a foothold and this won’t have been the first digital photo of a baby by a long shot. But Time rightly recognised this as one of the most influential photographs ever taken. Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 5 – Photograph of Newborn Baby 1997

THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 13: 19TH-25TH OCT)

Apols for the delay but a busy week and a ceratain crap but not so crap digital got in the way of this. Let’s have a look at some great cameras from the past some known and some not so well known and a film that arrived in the darkest of days and went to the moon and is just coming back right through to a Rock Star who wants to do your D&P. We’ll also snatch a glimpse of Eastern Europe before WWII and check your vision. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 13: 19TH-25TH OCT)

Did You Expect the Unexpected – A Yashica Y35 Review

Before the Kickstarter Yashica Y35 project even closed there were negative rumblings and those have intensified over this year reaching fever pitch when the camera shipped. But what did folk really expect for ~$120USD ?  Are we making realistic appraisals of this camera with too high expections

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THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 12: 12TH-18TH OCT)

I’m currently away for the Scottish half chasing my weans around theme parks and castles in the Midlands and the South of England with a Espio and the lomographer’s favourite the LC-A. However there’s been quite a lot published online that’s worth picking up on. So this week we’ve a camera you’ve never really heard of, a legendary rangefinder and Canon’s answer to the F2. We look at the rebirth of a classic but also sadly have to mourn the passing of one of the greats. and we also get to answer the question of what happened to the moon cameras ? Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 12: 12TH-18TH OCT)

5 of the Most Under-Appreciated Photography Films Today – Guest Post By Paul McKay of Analogue Wonderland

We are living in a wonderful time for film photography. 2017 saw the launch of more new film products than any year since the 1990s, and 2018 has already broken that record with 3 months still to go. We have been treated to old favourites coming back (Tmax 3200, Ektachrome) as well as a continued flow of new brands and extensions (Bretz Skyline, Street Candy, JCH Streetpan 120, Yodica). In fact we currently have over 180 different films listed on our site – and by the end of the year we expect that number to exceed 200!

But amongst all the classics: the HP5s, Velvias, Portra, the wildly popular Instax range, and more – there are some hidden gems that we feel do not get the attention and the love that they deserve. Continue reading 5 of the Most Under-Appreciated Photography Films Today – Guest Post By Paul McKay of Analogue Wonderland

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