Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Late Editor of Pop Photo Left an Extensive Collection of Prints by 20th Century Masters

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Carol Carlise was the managing editor of Popular Photography magazine for 35 years in the earlier days of the publication. When she passed away in 2011, she left behind a treasure trove of prints she had collected over the years — photos by some of the great masters of 20th century photography. Some of those works are now being auctioned online.
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Photographer’s 100-Year-Old Notebook Discovered in Antarctica After Snow Melts

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A photographer’s notebook from over a century ago has been discovered in Antarctica. It belonged to British explorer and photographer George Murray Levick, who was part of Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to the continent from 1910 to 1913.
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This Adams Retouching Machine Helped Old School ‘Photoshoppers’ Touch Up Negatives by Hand

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Last week we shared an example of beauty retouching that was done by hand in the early 1900s. If you’re wondering how this type of retouching was done, check out the contraption above.

It’s called the Adams Retouching Machine, and was created to aid negative retouchers in doing manual edits more quickly and cleanly.
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Beauty Retouching from the Early 1900s: A Portrait of Actress Joan Crawford That’s ‘Photoshopped’

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Want to see an early example of beauty retouching in photography? Here’s one. The side-by-side images above from the early 1930s show what a glamour portrait looked like before and after manual ‘Photoshopping.’
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Photographer Dad Meticulously Creates Vintage Scenes from the 20th Century with His Kids

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The photos in Tyler Orehek‘s series The Vintage Project might seem like fun pictures of his kids that he puts together on free weekends, but that’s just not the case. These images, whimsical and fun though they certainly are, are a testament to attention to detail and accuracy, taking anywhere between one and six months to complete from start to finish! Read more…

Vintage National Geographic Blog Revisits 100 Years of Nat Geo Archives

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We all know what those stacks of iconic yellow-bordered magazines are when we see them lying around your local doctor or dentist’s office. They’re National Geographic Magazines, and inside of these magazines are hundreds upon hundreds of wonderful photographs that may never be seen by the next generation.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but one that Tumblr blog Vintage National Geographic is trying to remedy by sharing hundreds of scans of old Nat Geo photos you probably forgot existed. Read more…

Lubitel 2 TLR Lens Retrofitted with a Canon EOS Mount

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If you want a lens that most or all photographers don’t have, one way is to retro fit a vintage lens with a new mount. That’s what Washington DC freelance photographer J. David Buerk did with a lens he found on an old Lubitel 2 twin-lens reflex camera, and the results are quite nice.
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Captivating Video: Footage of 1924 London Overlaid Onto Footage of 2014 London

We’ve shared his work before here on PetaPixel, but this time filmmaker Simon Smith has stepped up his game.

Whereas his previous collaboration compared 1920s footage of London to footage he captured present day side-by-side, his newest then-and-now piece overlays the two, creating a throwback to the London of 1924 by placing the scenes inside of modern-day London. Read more…

Classic 35mm Cameras Made to Look Even More Retro with Wood Paneling

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It’s no secret retro and vintage cameras have made a come back in the last few years. But, this is getting a bit meta, isn’t it?

In an attempt to make retro cameras look even more retro, camera accessories manufacturer Anchors and Anvils is fitting some of the 35mm film shooters they refurbish with wood paneling. Read more…

Beautiful Studio Portraits of Vintage Gear

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There’s a reason the retro movement has such staunch supporters, and it’s not just because there are a lot of people with ironic facial hair intent on buying a camera that looks as old as possible. The old cameras were at once functional and beautiful, or at the very least beautiful, and an industry that prides itself on appreciating beauty can’t help but appreciate the beauty of their tools.

Treasured Cameras is a short photo series by photographer Julian Calverley that celebrates this aesthetic beauty in an ironic way: by taking portraits of vintage cameras using an iPhone. Read more…