This is my take on the history of photography from the earliest days to now. In slight hommage to Neil MacGregor’s seminal A History of the world in a 100 Objects, I’m going to do this by using actual objects that still exist in the world. We begin with the first self portrait (aka a selfie) Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 1 – A self portrait of a Man 1839
Week 5 brings us everything from pioneering century spanning photography to one of the most sought after current films. We also head into space thanks to Kodak and if you think it’s sacrilege to chop up a folder look away now ! Plus another farewell to acros and a new Yashica ?
All this and more. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 5: 24-30TH AUG)
A short list this week as the blogs sphere has been fairly quiet. But come as we step back in time to look at the birth of those lo-fi plastic pushing Austrians, Walk through the streets of Paris and discover more about quartz date. We even manage to see 127 film in action and learn how to load a Paterson tank. And is the new Polaroid as good as the old Polaroid ?
I’m a bit more on the ball this week. So in this guide to news, reviews and stories you may have missed from the last 7 day, we’ll travel from the early days of photo Journalism to the imminent rebirth of a classic and find time to muse over our GAS problems and our shots from yesteryear. Some of this will be beyond the usual spectrum and we’ll be left asking what to do with that last roll…
Although the thunderstorms and rain of the last weeks paint a different picture, the UK has basked under some of the best Summer weather ever seen. That luckily coincided with my time off in what’s known as the Golden Fortnight. So I though for something different I’d chart my photographic experience. Here’s my journey in the first of 4 parts Continue reading Shooting in the Golden Fortnight – Part 1 YouthBeatz
Apols a bit slow to post this due to family party. But here’s my quick look back at news & things that have been posted or I’ve learnt of in the last 7 days.
I’d just finished up doing the review of the interesting but deeply flawed Olympus Trip AF51 when something odd happened. One of the test shots I’d uploaded to Flickr suddenly got a surge in views and likes. I’d managed once again to become an accidental explore whore. Continue reading Confessions of an accidental Flickr Explore Whore
,Although practical photography dates back almost 2 centuries for much of its early days it was in the hand of the inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs. Then as now, we loved having our photo taken. But in the 19th century that meant a trip to a expensive professional photographer.
But that was radically to change at the start of the 20th Century which would move the camera rapidly from the hands of the “professional” into ours. Continue reading 20th Century Photography in 10 (and a bit) People’s Cameras
As I sit munching the last of the mince pies and watching Bond on the telly (Spectre – not bad if a tad formulistic), it is the traditional time to start to reflect on 2017. A year that has seen both and highs and lows for film shooters.
So where to begin ? Continue reading The annual Canny Camera review of the Year 2017