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A fortnightly chat about about large format photography

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A fortnightly chat about about large format photography

    #45 Matt Beckberger, On The Spot

    #45 Matt Beckberger, On The Spot

    When Reveni Labs launched the Kickstarter for their innovative hot shoe mounted meter a couple of years ago it very quickly reached its funding goal. It was therefore no surprise that Matt’s latest Kickstarter was funded within 2 hours.
     
    Things we chatted about on the show:
     
    A fair chunk of time was spent answering some great emails from listeners and all four of us had things to say.
    Billy Sanford wrote to us following up our recent discussion around the need (or not) to post to social media and we kicked that around a bit more.
     
    Michael Wellman sent in a great email , although we think he meant to send it to our good friend Matt Marrash , all about image circle. We focused all our joint knowledge and realised it didn’t add up to much but we had a stab at making some relevant points.
     
    A couple of great books that cover this in some detail are:
     
    Using The Viewcamera by Steve Simmons.
     
    And View Camera Technique by Leslie Stroebel .
     
    Aforementioned Matt Marrash put out a video covering this;
     https://youtu.be/XkJ__N1Kl4M
     
    Chris King wrote to us with some suggestions for LF press photographers, thanks Chris they are on our radar.
    Simon draws our attention to the interview on Grainy Dayz Podcast with Frank Thorp.
    https://anchor.fm/grainydayz/episodes/Frank-Thorp-V-gives-us-the-report-e9f4hp/a-a153jq0
     
    Tim Holmes draws us back to our “naval gazing “ episode which led to more chatter and then lastly Michael asked about our hard to find Ko Fi page.  Here is the link.
    https://ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    Eventually we get around to introducing Matt who gets Andrew very excited with talk of his innovative spot meter launching on Kickstarter. Pretty much all you need to know is here on the KS page. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattbechberger/reveni-labs-spot-meter-tiny-spot-meter-for-your-film-camera/description
     
    Shout outs to
    Homemade Camera Podcast http://homemadecamera.com/
    Nico’s Photo News https://www.facebook.com/nicosphotographyshow
     
    Nick Carver https://www.youtube.com/user/nickcarverphoto
     
    Matt marrash “Large Format Fridays”  https://www.youtube.com/user/mat4226
     
    Todd Korol https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ33ldV4AWqroqqjDFbrSuQ
     
    Ben Horne https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtiLZhefLrm4CEMrctJyzUQ
     
     
    Matts links
     
    http://www.reveni-labs.com/shop
     
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattbechberger/reveni-labs-spot-meter-tiny-spot-meter-for-your-film-camera
     
    https://www.instagram.com/mattjbechberger/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/revenilabs/
     
     
     
    Other News
     
    None to speak of…..
     
    LFPP links -
     
    https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/
     
    ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/
     
    And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/
     
    Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Or from Simon –
    https://twitter.com/simonfor
     
    Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast
    largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Podcast Hosts Social Media presence
     
    Simon Forster
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    www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk
     
    https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/
     
    https://twitter.com/SimonFor
     
    Andrew Bartram
    https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast
     
    https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/
     
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Erik Mathy
    A not updated website.
    https://www.erikmathy.com/about
     
    IG probably best for all things including rabbits.
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    • 2 hrs 8 min
    #44 David Johnson – “A dream begun so long ago”

    #44 David Johnson – “A dream begun so long ago”

    We were honoured to spend time with David and his wife Jackie for this show.
    What a life!
    Read and see more here: https://www.apogeephoto.com/octogenarian-photographer-extraordinaire-david-johnson/?fbclid=IwAR2gPD4veOTjGF_HJn3NVMY19cEH7gppmsBnZIxPVh4FJZgZLnDu4Igian8
     
    Things we chatted about on the show:
    Erik kicked things off by updating everyone on the progress he has made constructing the wooden barrelled lens for Alana Airitam (see show #39).
     
    David grew up in segregated Jacksonville and then after a stint in the Navy ended up in segregated San Francisco where he photographed what was known to him, and available to him, the citizens of Fillmore.
    When David was accepted into the California School of Fine Art it was none other than Minor White   https://www.moma.org/artists/6342 who told him how to get the best from his newly acquired 4x5 camera and then encouraged him to make photos of what he knew.
    David was part of the “Golden Decade” of photographers – here is an interesting article but you will find more if you search around. https://landscapephotographyblogger.com/tag/golden-decade/
     
    When David came out of the Navy he was assisted as a “GI Bill” artist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Bill a scheme that continues to operate to this day giving financial assistance to veterans wanting to pursue a career in the arts.
     
    During segregation in SF black artists could perform but not stay at the Fairmont Hotel – here is a Wiki entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairmont_San_Francisco
     
    David’s links
    See David’s work at the Library of Congress and the Harvey Milk Photo Centre in SF.
    https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/
    https://www.loc.gov/pictures/related/?fi=name&q=Johnson%2C%20David%20S.%2C%201927-&fbclid=IwAR3ZQiFDvFCA9GPzgHJcjv5TADn14akpTIVDieIo5ZdkzDYfOsJA35b1sP4
     
    David’s work is featured in the book from the exhibition of the Golden Decade Photographers.
    https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22447813230&searchurl=isbn%3D9783869309026%26n%3D100121503%26sortby%3D17&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1
    Other News
     
    None to speak of…..
     
    LFPP links -
     
    https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/
     
    ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/
     
    And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/
     
    Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Or from Simon –
    https://twitter.com/simonfor
     
    Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast
    largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Podcast Hosts Social Media presence
     
    Simon Forster
    www.classiclensespodcast.com
     
    www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk
     
    https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/
     
    https://twitter.com/SimonFor
     
    Andrew Bartram
    https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast
     
    https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/
     
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
     
    Erik Mathy
    A not updated website.
    https://www.erikmathy.com/about
     
    IG probably best for all things including rabbits.
    https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

    • 1 hr 44 min
    #43 Unfinished Business

    #43 Unfinished Business

    Eric, Andrew and Simon together for the first proper podcast of the New Year, a time for reflection and looking ahead.
     
    Things we chatted about on the show:
    Andrew got a bit philosophical about the addictive nature of social media and to post or not to post and why.
     
    Eric thanked folks for showing up to his world premier (in the LFPP FB group) of his slow riding picture taking film.
     
    “Amish” Gill and 35mmc came up somewhere and Simon talked about lens mounts for large format photography “wot he is making” – for barrel lenses, projector lenses etc.
     
    Bar room chat, how do we still incorporate that part of the show now that there are four of us.
     
    Diversity – not for “diversity’s sake” but to force us to widen our perspectives and, quite frankly, not to have too many guests who look and sound like us!
     
     
    Other News
     
    None to speak of.
     
    LFPP links -
     
    https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/
     
    ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/
     
    And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/
     
    Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Or from Simon –
    https://twitter.com/simonfor
     
    Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast
    largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Podcast Hosts Social Media presence
     
    Simon Forster
    www.classiclensespodcast.com
     
    www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk
     
    https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/
     
    https://twitter.com/SimonFor
     
    Andrew Bartram
    https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast
     
    https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/
     
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
     
    Erik Mathy
    A not updated website.
    https://www.erikmathy.com/about
     
    IG probably best for all things including rabbits.
    https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #42 Goodbye Cruel Year

    #42 Goodbye Cruel Year

    Andrew and Simon were all set to see out the year in peace and quiet but a voice from across the pond just wouldn’t let us rest. Kicking and screaming we were dragged from our respective bunkers to record one more show.
    Erik and Andrew were “on camera” but Simon chose to be the all seeing “Eye of Sauron” , and why not.
     
    Things we chatted about on the show:
    Although we had planned to spend some time discussing the future direction of the Show Andrew and Eric took up so much time at the beginning we ran out of time, apparently Erik has a proper job that he sometimes has to go to.
     
    Andrew was excited to talk about his new Chroma Snapshot camera from the super clever Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera – check it out and much more here  https://chroma.camera/snapshot/
     
    Simon tried to shoe horn is new Chroma Carbon Adventurer into the conversation but we all agreed it was far too orange to discuss in detail.
     
    Along with the new Snapshot is coming in the post a Schneider Anngulon 90mm f6.8 which is a teeny weeny lens that just about covers 4x5 and is an ideal companion to the snapshot for handheld LF photography.
     
    Thanks to Ben Reynolds https://www.facebook.com/BadBeard or Ren Beynolds as his may be known as well for sending Andrew a Grafmatic film holder which will also pair up nicely with the Snapshot.
     
    Somewhow we moved on to barrel lenses and projector lenses. All three of us I think have the Leitz 200mm f3.6 mounted for 4x5 and whilst this set up is OK for paper negatives we eagerly await a commercial barrel lens shutter system like the one the aforementioned Steve Lloyd is developing.
     
    Erik spoke about the lack of creative spaces in the Bay Area where he lives and the need for such spaces where photographers and printers can gather, use darkrooms, compare prints and generally hang out. Simon tried to convince us that the Six Towns Darkroom in Stoke on Trent , England was such a space but we all agreed it just doesn’t have the weather.
     
    Simon gave a shout out to the spin off podcast “Sunny 16 Presents” and especially show all about Caffenol – here is a link https://sunny16presents.podbean.com/e/on-location-caffenol-with-christian-strauf-and-jonathon-becker/?fbclid=IwAR0_DZ5eqh6_BHnVVw9GLMZlLH4aVpKTHxzBDhdp3KaTaQ-xg2Z_Q6KZpLs
     
    And finally join us on January 2nd for an exclusive LFPP FB Group screening of the Adobe Create documentary made all about Erik and his epic bicycle ride with a LF camera and dollar bill lens “Ride Slow, Take Photos”.
     
     
    Other News
     
    The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED as Stoke enters Tier 3 Covid restrictions.
     
     
     
    LFPP links -
     
    https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/
     
    ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/
     
    And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/
     
    Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Or from Simon –
    https://twitter.com/simonfor
     
    Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast
    largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Podcast Hosts Social Media presence
     
    Simon Forster
    www.classiclensespodcast.com
     
    www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk
     
    https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/
     
    https://twitter.com/SimonFor
     
    Andrew Bartram
    https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast
     
    https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/
     
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
     
    Erik Mathy
    A not updated website.
    https://www.erikmathy.com/about
     
    IG probably b

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #41 Nick Brandreath: Alternative Process Phantasmagoria

    #41 Nick Brandreath: Alternative Process Phantasmagoria

    From a recent interview with Intrepid Camera.
    “Nick Brandreth is the Historic Process Specialist at the George Eastman Museum, where he runs workshops that teach people how to create images using photographic techniques that span the whole of the medium’s history. The workshops provide alternative methods of creating images as opposed to simply buying consumer film for people who want to get their hands dirty.
    “With a lot of photography pre-1900, everything was made by hand,” Brandreth says. “You'd go out and purchase chemicals and mix 'em together and make your own material. And there was a culture, at the beginning of photography, where everything was made by hand. I think people like that.”
    Brandreth’s hands-on approach naturally suits the experimentation that large format photography offers. With the right attitude, the possibilities really are endless.
    “Because of the beauty of large format, you can Frankenstein a different lens with the camera and make your own format sizes,” Brandreth says. “It's the best. It's actually cheaper for me now because I have the skills and know-how, so I just make my own emulsion and all I have to pay for is raw material.”
    https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/blog/nick-brandreth-s-large-format-phantasmagoria
     
    Things we chatted about on the show:
     
    Nick attended a workshop at the George Eastman Museum on historical processes with Mark Osterman who we seem to mention every show – here is an interview by Robert Gojevic.
    https://www.robertgojevic.com/mark-osterman/
     
    Soon after this Nick found himself working as Mark’s apprentice at the museum and now teaches anyone who cares to listen through workshops in person or, increasingly these days, via social media.
     
    Nick’s recent work was informed by the historic “horror theatre” known as Phantasmagoria – Wikipedia comes to the rescue yet again.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria
     
    The full interview with Intrepid Camera can be read and seen here.
    https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/blog/nick-brandreth-s-large-format-phantasmagoria
     
    And all the images on Nick’s website.
    https://www.nickbrandreth.com/Seeing%20Shadows/
    Nick’s earlier work after leaving college where he studied photojournalism, was influenced by the work of, amongst others, Eddie Adams (you will know the image of the Vietnam Police officer shooting a Vietcong member in the head in the street).
    https://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com/
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Adams_(photographer)
     
    If you have any questions about emulsion making then speak with Nick as he has mastered numerous techniques inspired by Ron Mowry and Nick tells the story of his now hard to find book at the end of the show.
    http://stores.photoformulary.com/photographic-emulsion-making-coating-and-testing-book-by-ron-mowrey/
     
    If you don’t want to make your own emulsion you can buy it from a number of sources. Andrew uses (with mixed success so far) the Rollei Black Magic Nick mentions.
    If you are in the UK you can get it from Nova Darkroom and various others.
     
    Mel Digiacomo was a mentor to Nick as he strived to express his photojournalist voice. Here is a YouTube video to watch when you have a spare hour or so.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRoOMZjoE0
     
    Erik spoke of Ed Drew’s Afghanistan LF work.
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/photography-blog/2013/jul/22/photography-art
     
    And last but not lease Andrew bought a cool looking Chroma Camera Snapshot and Simon bought a Chroma Carbon Adventurer that is mostly orange.
    https://chroma.camera/product/snapshot-classic-edition/
    https://chroma.camera/product/carbon-adventurer-carbon-fibre-technical-field-camera/
     
     
     
    Nick’s links
     
    Instagram seems to be the place where you can get the best sense of what Nick is up to on a day by day basis.
    https://www.instagram.com/nickbrandreth/
     
    To see his “Seeking Sh

    • 1 hr 53 min
    #40 Jim Fitzgerald's Depth Of Carbon

    #40 Jim Fitzgerald's Depth Of Carbon

    “A traditional photographer, Jim specialises in monochrome Carbon Transfer Contact Printing from in camera negatives. Carbon Transfer printing, a process perfected by Joseph Swan in 1864, is a highly labour intensive process that yields prints of the finest quality. The artist has total control of the image tonality due to the creative blending of pigments used to manufacture the carbon tissue which is used to complete his vision. From this tissue the image is born. Carbon prints require a minimum of four or more days work to produce one finished print. Truly a labor of love and passion. Jim teaches carbon transfer printing and offers workshops in his studio/darkroom at his home in Vancouver Washington”.
     
     Things we chatted about on the show:
     
    Jim got his inspiration from his friend Vaughn who runs workshops with Jim in Yosemite National Park.
    http://vaughnhutchins.com/
     
    Making negatives from PyrocatHD a very popular staining developer much favoured by all who use alternative photographic processes.
    Andrew uses Wet Plate Supplies for ready mixed PyrocatHD here are some links.
    https://www.pyrocathd.5x4.co.uk/
    http://www.wetplatesupplies.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=pyrocathd&x=0&y=0
     
    For more on Carbon Printing, and indeed Pyro developers check out Sandy King’s site.
    https://sandykingphotography.com/resources/technical-writing/carbon-transfer-process
     
    We discussed cinematographer Karl Struss and the unique look he got from lenses (soft focus) and he was very close to Alfred Stieglitz and the pictorial movement.
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Struss
     
    Mark Osterman of Eastman House keeps getting mentioned and again in show 40.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-osterman-04594b2a
     
    Erik has mentioned Kelly-Shane Fuller before, he was the chap who managed to get Kodachrome to sort of come back to life.
    https://emulsive.org/articles/darkroom/developing-film/they-took-my-kodachrome-away-so-i-brought-it-back
     
    And we give Chroma Camera a shout out.
    https://chroma.camera/
     
     
    Jim’s links
     
    Website.
    https://www.jimscarbonartphotography.com/
     
    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011330777143
     
    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/carbonfitzgerald/
     
     
     
    Other News
     
    The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED due to the current National lockdown.
     
     
    LFPP links -
     
    https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/
     
    ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast
     
    You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/
     
    And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/
     
    Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
    Or from Simon –
    https://twitter.com/simonfor
     
    Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast
    largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Podcast Hosts Social Media presence
     
    Simon Forster
    www.classiclensespodcast.com
     
    www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk
     
    https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/
     
    https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/
     
    https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/
     
    https://twitter.com/SimonFor
     
    Andrew Bartram
    https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast
     
    https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper
     
    https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes
     
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/
     
    https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper
     
     
    Erik Mathy
    A not updated website.
    https://www.erikmathy.com/about
     
    IG probably best for all things including rabbits.
    https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

    • 2 hrs 20 min

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