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Jeff Martz will Return Next Show May 18th!

A History of 20th Century Photography Lecture Series

You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the history of 20th century photography.  Using the best possible reproductions we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to our story of the world.  The series is intended for both the newcomer and the curious expert looking to contribute to the discussion.  See you there!

Part 8: The Social Document, Part 1

The documentary camera image develops in parallel to art photography in the first decades of the 20th century.  Socially-conscious photographers use the objective lens to advocate for political change.  Others simply let facts speak untouched by ideology.  By the 1930’s a generation of photographers will raise this form to a new classicism.  Join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz as he shares photographic revolutionaries like Lewis Hine, August Sander, Dorothea Lange, Bill Brandt and others in an open forum featuring accurate, high-definition reproductions.  (1 Hour)

Walker Evans ,  The Fields Family, 1936

Presenter Bio:   A seasoned traveler and fine art photographer, Jeffrey Martz earned his MFA in Photography from Utah State University in 1997.  He has taught photography, book-binding, and art history for over 20 years and currently teaches at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA.

Nikkor 105/1.8 Fast Portrait Lens

I wrote this up this morning on ‘Couv’ Camera. I traded up my classic  Nikkor 105/2.5 for the speedy 1.8 at the last PhotoFair in February. There is so much great stuff at PhotoFair!

Many moons ago, I wrote a piece on this blog about the classic Nikkor 105/2.5 lens. I went on and on about how fabulous it is with its crisp contrasty images, compact size, reasonable speed and 52mm filter size. In fact you can read that article right here as a refresher since its been a few years back. I mentioned in that article Nikon’s bigger, faster, and way spendier 1.8 version which the bigger and spendier was often too much to justify the faster. Click the link below to read the whole article

https://couvcamera.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/nikon-nikkor-ai-105-1-8/

Crown Graphic 23 a Classic!

Here is the latest youtube video; this time a little review and how to for the Crown Graphic 6x9cm . This one has the outstanding Kodak Ektar 101/4.5 which is a fabulous lens. It is mounted in the notoriously persnickety, Syncho-Rapid 800 shutter. It is equipped with a Kalart Synchonized Rangefinder which is handy.

The video shows how to load the film back as well as some basic shutter and camera operations.

These are fun little cameras that are really reasonably priced and often found at PhotoFair!