Dev Party – Abandon All Nope

On this episode of Dev Party we’re developing film and talking about the ethics of photographing abandoned places (sort of, you’ll see).

Eric shot some Kodak TMax 100, expired in 1991. And because of this, we talk a bit about what we were doing that year. We’ve forgotten a lot.

Meanwhile, Vania shot some Portra 160, also through the Mamiya RB67. Vania lets slip her complete lack of memory when it comes to 90s game shows.

Eric developed his film in 510Pyro 1+100 for 11.5mins. Here are a few of his:

Vania went with C-41. And here are her shots:

Right in the middle, we play a few minutes of an interview we did with Taylor (@taylarlar on IG) and Kate Miller-Wilson (@katemillerwilson on IG) about the “ethics” of moving stuff around for a better photo when visiting abandoned places.

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Dev Party – From the Water to the Grave

On this Dev Party – the first episode of the newest of years, Vania and Eric try some old and some new. There’s also quite a bit of graveyard talk, which makes a bit of sense.

Vania developed some old ass Ilford Delta 400. It was long ago expired and absolutely looks it. Of course, she shot them while in the water, using her Pentax 645 and waterhousing. She developed it in Rodinal because why not?

Here are a few of her pics:

Eric tried out the “new” Kentemere 400 in 120 (it’s new in 120, but has been in 35mm forever). He shot these with his Mamiya RB67 in a cemetery on Christmas Day. His main question was “is it Ultrafine Extreme 400? And the answer is… probably?

Here are some of his pics:

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Dev Party – Wider Than Lux

On this episode of Dev Party, Vania has a something to share with the class! She got her hands on a Widelux panoramic camera and refuses to give it back! She shot some TMax P3200 around town and let’s see what they look like.

Meanwhile, Eric developed the last seven sheets of expired Tri-X that he shot on his trip in July. Is 1981 too expired to work? Probably not, but let’s find out!

Here are the shots Vania devved in HC-110:

And here are Eric’s, developed in FA-1027:

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Photography Changes Everything – Episode 75

We’ve got a family show for you today! It’s just Eric and Vania for this one. And we want to tell you have Photography Changes Everything. Everything!  We also want to tell you about some projects we’ve got coming up and a camera mystery we solved. 

Luis Azarraga and the Camerama

Luis Azarraga, a photographer from the Philippines moved to the states in 1914. After a slew of inventions, he became known for his “Camerara” – a mystery camera that could quickly and easily shoot 160-degree panoramic photographs.

Using an 18 foot tall tripod, Luis would crank the Camerama skyward, flick a switch and then lower it back down.

Arizona Highways Magazine wrote in their Jun 1956 issue:
“He guards his secret carefully. He allows no one to get near, much less peer into, the outsize aluminum box in which his invention is housed. It is not parented. Azarraga takes a dim view of the patent procedure.”

In this episode, we dig deeper to unravel the mystery of the Camerama!

A few of his photos were featured in Arizona Highways. Here they are:

And here’s as close to the camera as he’d allow anyone to get:

Photography Changes Everything

Vania and Eric discuss the various ways photography has changed everything in their lives, including:

-Delayed Gratification

-To Appreciate and judge light

-Seeing everything as a composition

-Weather

-Social anxiety (both good and bad)

-To appreciate solitude

-To collaborate

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Dev Party – Vania, Why Is Lint?

On this episode of Dev Party, we ask the musical question: Why Is Lint? We also sort of somewhat answer it!

Even though you didn’t specifically ask for it, we’re giving out unsolicited advice on how to deal with lint!

Meanwhile, Vania developed some Fuji Acros in HC-110. She shot it in some Leica she’s borrowing. Eric, however, developed the old standby: Fomapan 100 in FA-1027!

Here are a few of Vania’s shots:

And here are a few of Eric’s:

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There Were No Flowers: Margrethe Mather (w/ Travis Cannady)

We’re talking to Travis Cannady (@travis_cannady on IG), photographer and publisher of Better Off Zine. For our main feature, we’ll tell you the story of the nearly-forgotten, yet wildly influential Margretha Mather (@betteroffzine). And that means we’ll have to talk about Edward Weston too, so… apologizes all around. We’ve also a zine review and maybe even the answering machine. 

Travis Cannady

Along with being a film photographer and lab technician, our guest today, Travis Cannady is a zine maker. He creates and publishes his own, but he also does something pretty remarkable. He puts out a zine called Better Off. Each issue, the entire zine is dedicated to a single photographer. It’s the zine equivalent of a solo-show. Or really, it’s how some early photography periodicals used to do things. We’ve got him here, so let’s talk his ear off.

IG: @travis_cannady

IG: @betteroffzine

Web: traviscannady.com

Buy Better Off Zine: betteroffzine.com

Here are some of his photos:

Margrethe Mather (and That Other Guy)

The story of Margrethe Mather is not a simple story to tell. She was not a simple woman, nor a simple photographer. She was an anarchist in every sense of the word and held neither gods nor masters above her. Though wildly creative, she had little ambition for self-promotion, once telling Edward Weston, to leave her unremembered, to “pretend that I didn’t exist.”

In biographies of Edward Weston prior to the 1980s, if she is mentioned at all, Margrethe Mather is hardly more than a footnote. She was thought of as a woman, often naked, who posed for the great Edward Weston. The story of the two of them together had been consumed into his story alone. And it is our job to separate them. But that is no easy task.

However, by Imogen Cunningham’s reckoning, “in artistic matters Margrethe was, of course, the teacher. Edward, the pupil.” Margrethe’s influence upon Weston can hardly be overstated. He followed her lead, and sometimes flat out copied her style.

They were friends, companions, lovers, collaborators and ultimately estranged. Their relationship was in many ways mutually toxic. But since humans are always complicated, it was also mutually essential to their growth as artists.

Here are some of Margrethe’s photos:

And here are some of Weston’s photos taken of and with Margrethe:

The Center for Creative Photography issue we reference is available here: https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/641064

You can borrow Artful Lives by Beth Gates Warren online here: https://archive.org/details/artfullivesedwar0000warr/page/n7/mode/2up

We also recommend: Margrethe Mather & Edward Weston; A Passionate Collaboration also by Beth Gates Warren.

There are no other books about Margrethe Mather. There are a shit ton of books about Edward Weston.

Zine Review

Fool Me Once, Fool You Twice by Tee Ferguson

This is highly saturated, full color, 88 page perfect bound zine made up entirely of double exposures, all of which happened in-camera. She’d shoot an entire roll, re-roll it and shoot it again. This allowed for happenstance and serendipity to work their magic. 

IG: @tee.ferguson

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/teeonfilm

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Dev Party – The Results of Inspiration (Basically)

On this episode of Dev Party, Eric (@conspiracy.of.cartographers on IG) and Vania (@surfmartian on IG) talk a bit about how they plan to incorporate last episode’s inspiration into their lives. Vania shot Kodak Gold 200 in the Rolleiflex with a waterhousing. Eric shot some Foma 100 and devved it in FA-1027 (aka F76+)

Vania was inspired by Eliza Withington, but there’s not much you can do there, photographically speaking. It was Withington’s lifestyle of traveling alone and photographing in the 1850s that caught Vania’s eye.

So here are some of Vania’s photos:

Meanwhile, Eric tried to do the impossible trying to straighten out a cooling tower so it wouldn’t look wonky. Mostly, he just wanted to gain the skill perfected by Bernd & Hilla Becher. You’ll see.

Here are his:

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It’s Not The Opposite of Inspiration (w/ Jordanna Kalman) – Episode 73

And on this little episode – our 73rd – we’ll talk to Jordanna Kalman (@rabbitsparrow on IG), a photographer whose art doesn’t end with either the photograph or the print. We also look for some much needed inspiration from a few little-known photographers. There’s some tips on making anthology zines, as well as a zine review, the answering machine, and ohh so much more.

Jordanna Kalman

Our guest today produces work that is as confrontational as it is controversial. Her methods are unconventional, and the results push us to reckon with the history of photography, and how that history affects us to this day. We were honored to sit down with Jordanna Kalman.

Here is a small glimpse of her work:

IG: @rabbitsparrow

Web: https://rabbitandsparrow.com/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jordannakalman

Shop: https://jordannakalman.bigcartel.com/

Eliza Withington

Elizabeth Withington was one of the rare women who shot landscapes, and traveled while doing so.

She used her petticoat as a makeshift developing tent, and parasols for assisting in her climbing mountains and sliding into ravines alone.

How a Woman Makes Landscape Photographs, 1876

The Photographs, Pistols & Parasols Podcast episode about her: https://p3photographers.net/p3p008/

Here are a few of her photos (and sadly , very few remain):

Bernd & Hilla Becher

Both Hilla and Bernd were born in the 1930s in Germany, both were still children during WW2. Following the war, Bernd was a painter and Hilla took up photography, taking after her mother.

In the late 1950s, both enrolled in Kunstakademie, the Art Academy in Dusseldorf. Soon after starting classes, they met.

They soon discovered that they not only had overlapping interests, but complementary interests as well. What each brought to the collaboration added to that collaboration. 

Almost from the beginning, they established the parameters for their work. They’d photograph industrial structures in such a way that each print would render the subjects in an almost identical fashion.

Here are some of their photos:

Zine Review

The Closing of a Corner Store by Amelia Bjesse-Puffin

This isn’t a typical photozine. It’s a b&w xeroxed halfsize zine. Here, Amelia shows and writes about the last days of a neighborhood’s Rite Aide.

Many neighborhoods in our cities have long ago abandoned that notion of corner store. They’ve been replaced by chain drug stores like Rite Aide and CVS. But now, with gentrification and the rising cost of living, especially on the West Coast, even those chains are pulling up stakes and abandoning the communities they served for years.

 Amelia has documented what we see happening around us. These types of zines are essential. Nobody else is or really could tell this story. 

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/729659147/the-closing-of-a-corner-store

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Dev Party – Let’s Put the Fun in Funeral!

On this episode of Dev Party, Vania tells us all about the time she photographed a funeral – complete with bagpipes!

While talking, Vania developed two things at once. We really don’t recommend it, but she apparently pulled it off! First up was some color film from an old disposable camera. She did this in C-41. Meanwhile, she also devved Fomapan 100 sheets in FA-1027! Here they be:

While this was going on, Eric developed some Agfa Copex Rapid. The only thing rapid about it is how quickly it develops. He did it in FA-1027 – but more diluted than Vania’s.

Here they are:

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Does the New Leica Matter At All? (w/ Lisa Toboz) – Episode 72

On this episode we’re taking a look at the new Leica M6 and what it means, if anything at all, to the film community and industry. Jess Hobbs (@jesshobbsphoto on IG) and Danielle Wrobleski (@girlwithtoomanycameras on IG) will help us out as we discuss this weirdly topical topic. 

But before that, we’ll be talking to Polaroid photographer Lisa Toboz (@lisatoboz on IG) about, ghosts, horror, and how her work isn’t your typical instant snaps. We’ve also got the answering machine and a zine review.

The New Leica M6 Doesn’t Really Matter (Sort Of)

Luxury camera company, Leica, recently brought back the M6, a 35mm rangefinder that they produced from 1984 through 2002. It seemed like huge news that a camera company that was mostly producing digital cameras decided to bring back a classic model. But what really caught everyone’s attention was the price tag. 

When it comes to film cameras,  your choices are essentially a shed or a mansion, a Yugo GV or a Lamborghini Countach,  a row boat or the yacht from the Duran Duran video.

The big question right off that bat – Does it matter that Leica brought back the M6 – especially in light of them already offering two other film cameras?

We talk to Jess Hobbs (IG @jesshobbsphotography) and Danielle Wrobleski (IG @girlwithtoomanycameras) all about this.

Jess on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JessHobbs

Danielle: https://www.girlwithtoomanycameras.com/

Lisa Toboz

Within the work of Lisa Toboz, you can see glimpses of uneasiness and even horror. She’s influenced by Victorian Spirit photography, which we discussed last Halloween (and the Halloween before), as well as vernacular photographs (which we’ve also talked about). How do all of these things come together to form Lisa’s saturated and beautiful Polaroid prints? Let’s find out.

IG: @lisatoboz

Web: https://www.lisatoboz.com

Analog Forever Magazine: https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/

Here are some of her photos:

Zine Review

Moving Emma to Philadelphia by Vera Benschop

The press is on IG @benschopbooks and Vera is @verabenschop

There’s also benschopbooks.com

We’ll have a link in the show notes. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BenschopBooks

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