Meyerowitz at large
These are sponsored by HP, so of course there's the usual product-pushing going on, but the article and video of Joel Meyerowitz working and printing on HP's website make for interesting viewing. Especially the parts about how he plans out a large show.
Here's a good example of an odd category of collectible. I once heard from a guy who had Lee Friedlander's Leitz enlarging lens, and I myself owned the actor Jack Lemmon's M6 for a while. Years ago I visited Ralph Gibson at his studio in New York City, and in his darkroom he showed me an enlarger that I personally think should end up in the Smithsonian Institution one day—it was a Leitz 1C Ralph had bought from Robert Frank. Apart from being Ralph's own enlarger of choice for many years, it is the enlarger that had been used to print the original pictures from The Americans.
I hope somebody, somewhere, is keeping track of some of this stuff. The S.E.I. photometer, by the way, is an early spotmeter; Ansel Adams owned one.
Corporate Idiocy Run Amok
T•Mobile and Deutsche Telecom have apparently trademarked the color magenta. There have supposedly been lawsuits already in the German courts over this. Proving that German courts have as little to do as American ones—and that we're all slowly going crazy.
In retaliation, I have named my car the "T-Mobile." Pronounced "tee-mo-BEEL," a pronunciation I intend to trademark...oh, okay, not really.
Withers at Panopticon
The other day we noted the recent death of photographer Ernest C. Withers. Ronald Weinstock sent this link to some of Ernest's work, at Panopticon Gallery.
No more Kodak IR past 2007
Kodak has announced that it will cease shipping Ektachrome 64 (EPR) and Ektrachrome 100 (EPN) at the beginning of 2008. That seems to be no great loss and part of a rational product consolidation, as the newer Ektachrome 100 Plus (EPP) remains. However it has also discontinued Kodak Infrared film (HIE) again, this time probably for good. Read about it from an HIE user at Wirehead Arts.
New Zeiss ZF-I industrial lenses
Carl Zeiss has announced a new series of industrial lenses (for things like photogrammetry, QA, and astrophotography) in Nikon F mount. The lenses are silver in color, splashproof, dust-proof, and feature locking knobs for focus and aperture settings. The first three lenses to be made available in this form will be the 25/2.8, 28/2 (shown), and 35/2. Prices TBA.
Name that color
Color names. Lots and lots and lots of 'em.
When film gets lonely
Haven't we all been there? Ilfordians in search of a fugitive CL.
Mike (Thanks to, David Emerick, Dennis Hoover, Robert Phillips, and Marcus Thompson)