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An amazing new invention… black & white

Posted in Media, Opinion on Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Leica has announced a new M camera that shoots only black and white and costs about $7000. I have an old M Leica that shoots black & white also. Sometimes I use a 60 year old Elmar lens and offer the above photograph from my beloved Carre St. Louis in Montreal which I shot using TX and printed using my 60 year OLD Leitz Focomat on the NEW Ilford Art 300 paper. To prove that I am not a neanderthal I can tell you I posted this blog using my Mac. Somehow waiting to develop film gives one a chance to reflect on what you have seen that made you want to make a photograph. It’s a reflective process..so is photography.


The lesson of Countess Sonya Tolstoy

Posted in Opinion, Publications on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

One the site of Elaine Zimbel under the category of “Book Reviews” you will find ” Sophia Tolstoy – A Biography” by Alexandra Popoff dealing with Sophia Tolstoy, the wife of Leo Tolstoy. After reading about this devoted multi tasker we are full of sympathy for all she had to bear in that crazy relationship and the dignity with which she carried it off. http://www.elainezimbel.com/category/book-reviews


Then we find that she was an extraordinary & imaginative photographer who worked with an early glass plate Kodak camera, developing & printing her work in a darkroom under the mansion stairs! After you read Elaine’s review you may feel ashamed if you ever complain that you don’t have time to devote to your passion – photography.

“Song Without Words, the Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy”, by Leah Bendavid-Val. (National Geographic Society)
[Autoportraits by Countess Sophia Tolstoy]

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