Her principal published work, originally published in 1974, is Elsa's Housebook - A Woman's Photojournal, a photographic record of family and friends who visited her in Cambridge when she lived there during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many well known people, especially literary figures associated with the Beat generation, are prominent in the book, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Robert Creeley, in addition to people who would become notable in other fields, such as radical feminist Andrea Dworkin and civil rights lawyer Harvey A. Silverglate (who would become Dorfman's husband). She has also photographed staples of the Boston rock scene such as Jonathan Richman frontman of The Modern Lovers, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Dorfman moved to New York City in 1959 and found a job as a secretary to the editors at Grove Press, a leading Beat publisher. When she later moved home to Cambridge to pursue her master's degree, she called herself the "Paterson Society" and began arranging readings for many Beat authors who had become friends, maintaining an active correspondence with them as they traveled the world. By 1962, she was teaching fifth grade. A year later, in 1963, Dorfman began working for the Educational Development Corporation whose photographer, George Cope, introduced her to photography in June 1965. She made her first sale two months later, in August 1965, for $25 of a photograph of Charles Olson which was used on the cover of his book The Human Universe. Due to economic limitations, she did not buy her own camera until 1967, when she sent a check for $150 to Philip Whalen who was then in Kyoto, Japan, and he in turn enlisted Gary Snyder, who could speak Japanese, to purchase the camera and mail it to her. In May 1968, she moved into the Flagg Street house which would become the basis of her Housebook.
She is now known for her use of a Polaroid 20 by 24 inch camera (one of only 6 in existence), from which she creates large prints. She has photographed famous writers, poets, and musicians including Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg. Due to bankruptcy, the Polaroid Corporation entirely ceased production of its unique instant film products in 2008. Dorfman stocked up with a year's supply of her camera's last available 20 x 24 instant film.
Netflix this month have a fabulous documentary about Elsa titled ‘THE B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography’ Directed by ERROL MORRIS. If your a Netfix subscriber you can view it here. If not i feel its worth the 1 off monthly subscription, otherwise visit the official site here and purchase it directly for your viewing pleasure. the trailor is at the bottom of this post. … enjoy
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I’ve had a lot of people ask me similar questions when it comes to things like exposure, rating film, and scanning when shooting with film. If you’re new to the medium, the slight changes in workflow and process can be a bit confusing, so I wanted to put together this video and talk about three things that I think are incredibly important to understand when working with film. I hope this clears things up and helps anyone who is just starting out!
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Sir Paul Smith legend of Fashion could obviously chose any camera for his creative outlet. No Leica for this icon…Olympus MJUii cheers Sir
Paul Smith took to the streets of Hong Kong with camera in hand to explore the local culture and share his unique insights into photography and design.
by Damien Woods
First Review post for 2019 has WECC Member Damien Woods sharing the brilliance of Hillvales latest Film stock….HOLIDAY
"I recently travelled to Scandinavia a few months ago and naturally bought a few extra rolls for my trip. Discovering Hillvale Lab in Melbourne had recently released their latest 'Holiday' stock, I got online a ordered a few rolls. Below are a number of samples I shot whilst travelling in Norway to Svartisen Glacier. With unpredictable weather conditions throughout Scandinavia we were blessed with sunshine that day. Shooting on my only working Canon A1 (1 out of 3) and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 SSC. With toasty warm colour saturation, a hint of fog in some shots, solar flares. I felt like this was the perfect film. I try to pick the film for what I'm shooting, I was glad my camera was loaded with Holiday."
Daylight-Balanced Color Negative Film
ISO 200/24° in C-41 Process
Fine Grain and High Sharpness
Wide Exposure Latitude
Film Stock Manufacture: Fujifilm C200 ???
Damien Woods, photographer (analog)
Our ILFORD Inspires 'Legends of Skateboarding' series concludes with Jason Lee's ‘THE AMERICAN PHOTO ROADTRIP’. Discover the philosophies behind Jason's signature aesthetic during a journey through rural Texas highway 380 to document the abandoned yet cinematic American landscape. A former Pro Skateboarder, Jason has established himself as a pillar of the film community making him better placed than most to identify the parallels between skateboarding and photography.
Filmed and edited by: Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes & Daniel Driensky) Score by Raymond Molinar End credits song "At The Cathedral" by Jason Lee and Eric Pulido Image credits copyright Exploredinary. Shot on ILFORD HP5 Plus
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Joe Brook's film ‘SKATEBOARDING IS OUR RELIGION’ is a pilgrimage to the epicenter of skateboarding, San Francisco, in Joe's iconic van ‘Big Blue’. In this rare look behind the scenes we watch Joe capture skateboarders using various photographic techniques for his work at Thrasher Magazine.
WARNING: The following film features skateboarding tricks performed by professionals. HARMAN technology and the producers insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any of the activity in this film.
Filmed and Edited by Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes and Daniel Driensky) With additional GX1000 footage by Ryan Garshell Original Music by New Fumes Joe's Subjects: Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, Ryan Garshell, Brian DeLaTorre, Yonnie Cruz, Al Davis and Andrew Torralvo End Credits photos on ILFORD HP5 Plus film by Daniel Driensky Special Thanks to Joe Brook, Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, GX1000 and Michael Bain Joe's film processed by Blue Moon Camera and Machine
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Nick Bedford has just posted his latest photo blog, Photo Vol. 131 full of 35mm Tri-X street photography and more. Nick also briefly reviews Joel Meyerowitz’ Masterclass course.
I would recommend this course for advanced photographers who are well beyond the learning curve of exposure, composition and cameras and who are now venturing into the rich and infinitely subtle world of expressive and artistic photography, which is most often driven by deeply personal motivations.
Anywhere from 50-100 photographs per post, the goal of Nick’s long running photo blogs isn’t to show just the best work, but all of the work that strikes his interest and feels like sharing. From there, collections of images can be selected for later use in book projects way down the line.
In this video, I go over my film scanning workflow using VueScan software and an Epson V500 and then compare the results with Epson Scan. I've only been using VueScan for a short period of time, but I've been incredibly happy with the results, and feel like I finally have a workflow for scanning at home that produces the results that I'm after.
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WECC member and film photography enthusiast Nick Bedford has finally decided to jump into large format with an Intrepid 5x4 Mark III view camera.Read More
Morgan Roberts speaks with Speaks with Sam Attwood and Chloe Brescia of Raquet Film in Newfarm about everything from A to Tri-X ...
WECC Member Nick Bedford has posted his latest set of awesome images over at his Journal page at nickbedford.com. Always a treat, his latest film frenzy shows of some great Kodak Portra and Ektar 100 colour work along with the norm Tri-X variants and some Rolleiflex Ilford HP5+ action.. worth a look. ENJOY
Since I seem to be shooting both black and white and colour a lot now, I'm renaming these posts to simply Photo Vol. X. Seems more fitting and flexible. The Rolleiflex has been great, though I need to put it to more use with some Kodak Portra colour film and make some new portraits with it. The Leica M7 is still down in Melbourne at the servicing shop, though I have some recent 35mm Portra 160 photographs from a camping trip I went on with my mate Dash before I sent it away.
We managed to get the Pakon F135+ to scan raw TIFFs of colour film and the results are quite astounding, even despite the limited resolution of the scanner (6 megapixels). The latitude in colour film is amazing.