A Skeptical Approach to Cameras or: An Ode to the Leica M4-2
Leica M4-2 by Andrew J. Cosgriff
If you’ve gone hunting for a decent hi-fi setup anytime over the past two decades, chances are you have come across publications such as What Hi-Fi or Stereophile and cooed over their adjective-laden reviews of high-end equipment you’ve never heard of, “must-have” accessories you’ll never have and remastered audiophile…
Buy Film Here
Long after most tourists swapped 35mm film for the selfie stick, the red and yellow of the Kodak logo remains stubbornly visible across the tourist traps of Europe. From shop facades, to windows; umbrellas to awnings, the red and yellow – most recently defined as Pantones 485 and 123 respectively – are the most visible remnants of one of the…
Travelling With Film, Part III: Buying and Processing
As we have discovered in the previous parts of this series, travelling with film overseas is not difficult. The simplicity of a mechanical camera and single lens can make the process of photography more than the just the lugging around of technology. Less is more. Now we look at how…
Photobook Review: The Lost Border
This is the first of two reviews that follow along a similar path. Brian Rose’s The Lost Border: The Landscape of the Iron Curtain is a simply elegant book which visually charts that famous geopolitical fault line which existed in one form or another from 1946 until 1989.
About the Shot: Berlin
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November 9, 2014: my first day back in Berlin. I wandered some 39km through the streets. It seemed most of the city was on the streets the day marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart’ otherwise known as the Berlin Wall. There…
About the Shot: Uetliberg 2:40pm
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My lasting memory of Zürich is visiting Starbucks, buying two coffees and walking out about AUD$20 poorer. Switzerland’s largest city is not a cheap place to visit, but it has a certain appeal. For one, there is its famous public transport system; two, the famous clock that…
Berlin: Layers of History
Berlin is my favourite city in the world. If that sounds like the syntax of a giddy 6-year-old, then you’d be partly right. I have been known to grin like one at the thought of going back to Germany, before returning to the sad realisation I am stuck at home for…
A Walk in the (Leitz) Park
Late last year, I was lucky enough to undertake a pilgrimage to one of the holy sites of photography: Leitz Park in Wetzlar. The recently-opened complex is home to state-of-the-art production facilities for Leica Camera, in addition to three other related companies: Leica’s cine-focused sister company CW Sonderoptic, parts manufacturers…
Film Review: Lomography Lady Grey 400 35mm
It is my usual form to pour scorn over everything Lomographic, from the brand’s retrograde embrace of optical aberrations to their questionable business tactics (who wants to Kickstart another commercial product?). What cannot be criticised, however, is Lomography’s unswerving commitment to the analogue photography…even if they are primarily responsible for the popular conflation of analogue and lo-fi…
Travelling with Film: 7 (or so) Tips for Surviving the Airport
[A]irports are sites where identity is confirmed or questioned; they are spaces of public display; they are contested zones where privacy and national security vie for priority; they are complex factories for the production of patriotism and the privilege of mobility. At the same time, airports can be considered as…