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OUR BLACK FRIDAY “BEST DEALS OF THE YEAR” ARE HERE! – Photography Article

OUR BLACK FRIDAY “BEST DEALS OF THE YEAR” ARE HERE! Today is “Black Friday” in the US — the biggest retail shopping day of the year) and in honor, we’ve got our best deals of the year on KelbyOne memberships and tickets (and full rebroadcasts) to our online multi-day conferences.We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne Pro member — we have an incredible line-up of instructors and more amazing courses planned for 2021, and plus you’ll be joining a worldwide community of people just…

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New KelbyOne Course: Mastering Black and White Photography in Photoshop – Photography Article

New KelbyOne Course: Mastering Black and White Photography in Photoshop New KelbyOne Course: Mastering Black and White Photography in PhotoshopLearn how to create stunning B&W photos in Photoshop with Serge Ramelli! As a compliment to his Mastering Black and White Photography in Lightroom class, Serge is back to teach you a variety of new techniques and tips for gaining mastery of your B&W photography using Photoshop.This class will take you step-by-step through eight different photo projects, and each project highlights…

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A. Mattey Stereoscopes | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

A. Mattey Stereoscopes | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Stéréoscopes A. Mattey was one of the largest manufacturers of stereoscopes. Little is known about the company. A catalog, invoice and cheque reveal something about its history. The company was founded in 1872 in Paris. It’s always referred to as “A. Mattey” in advertisements and catalogs. A reference in the patent register related to a stereoscopy patent from 1903 mentions La Société Mattey père et fils, which proves that the company was run…

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Perfecscope by Underwood & Underwood – Black & White Photography Article

Perfecscope by Underwood & Underwood This Perfecscope is manufactured by Underwood & Underwood from New York and is a Holmes-Bates stereoscope, which is the best known and most sold stereoscope-type in history.The Perfecscope doesn’t really fit in my collection as I only collect French and German devices. Still, I wanted one because I have memories of this viewer from my childhood. Friends of my parents had a Holmes-Bates type stereoscope and I remember looking through the lenses of it as…

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Photographie Vulgarisatrice Stereo Camera | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Photographie Vulgarisatrice Stereo Camera | André Ruiter Stereoscopy A beautiful and rare French folding camera for 9 x18cm glass plate negatives, developed by Photographie Vulgarisatrice.Photographie Vulgarisatrice was founded in 1886 and located at 6 and 8 Rue des Petites-Écuries in Paris. The last trace that I found dates from 1914. Vulgarisatrice means Popularizer or Promoter. The company’s goal was to make photography accessible to amateurs with simple and affordable cameras. It developed a series of wooden folding cameras with a…

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ICA Postcards by Theo Matejko – Black & White Photography Article

ICA Postcards by Theo Matejko When I started my stereoscopy collection, I was mainly looking for stereoviews, stereoscopes and cameras. Gradually I became more and more interested in stereoscopy history and I started looking for promotional material from the manufacturers. These catalogs, letters, advertisements and other items are often beautifully designed and very collectable.This also applies to the ICA postcards in my collection. They were published by the German camera manufacturer ICA in the 1920s and were intended as promotional…

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Verant Stereoscope by Carl Zeiss Jena – Black & White Photography Article

Verant Stereoscope by Carl Zeiss Jena The Verant is a stereoscope that supports multiple stereoview formats up to a size of 9 x 15cm. The stereoscope has a solid metal construction and is manufactured by Carl Zeiss from Jena. Zeiss developed various models of the Verant over the years. My model is an early model with serial number 5408. This model was manufactured from c. 1905 and comes with a black cardboard box. The viewer is suitable for stereoview sizes…

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Miss Fernande Stereoviews | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Miss Fernande Stereoviews | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Miss Fernande was Jean Agélou’s favorite model. She was probably the first pin-up in history and her photos were cherished by the soldiers in the trenches of the First World War. Today, her photos are still loved by collectors of erotic photographs.The first photographs of Miss Fernande appeared in a July 1910 edition of L’Étude Académique. She was Jean Agélou’s muse and perhaps his lover. He photographed her for several years and her…

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Heag IV Stereo Camera by Ernemann – Black & White Photography Article

Heag IV Stereo Camera by Ernemann The Heag IV is a large folding plate stereo camera developed by Heinrich Ernemann from Dresden. The camera supports 9 x 18cm glass plate negatives as well as filmpacks. The abbreviation Heag stands for Heinrich Ernemann Actien Gesellschaft and was used for a series of folding cameras and stereo cameras. The Heag IV was produced between c.1908 and 1918.The camera body is made of wood and covered with black leather. The burgundy-red leather folding…

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Prise de Courcelles 1918 | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Prise de Courcelles 1918 | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Prise de Courcelles is a triptych of 45x107mm glass stereoviews published by Brentano’s from Paris. It shows the horrors of The Great War. In a previous post I showed one stereoview from Prise de Courcelles (“The taking of Courcelles”) to illustrate Brentano’s role as a wholesaler. In this post I will cover the complete triptych. The three images were very popular and were common in the collections sold by retailers after the…

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Nude Magazines from La Belle Époque – Black & White Photography Article

Nude Magazines from La Belle Époque Nude photography was widespread in France in the beginning of the 20th century. Postcards and stereoviews of nude models were readily available. The government tolerated these images as long as they were not obscene and did not disturb public order.Several nude magazines appeared in a short time, but what was tolerated by the government and what wasn’t acceptable, was not clearly defined by law. Photographers and publishers had to act discreetly to prevent being…

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GoPro Announces HERO9 Black with 5K Video – Underwater Photography Article

GoPro Announces HERO9 Black with 5K Video GoPro has unveiled the latest version of its popular action cam—the HERO9 Black—with a slew of upgrades and improvements over its predecessor, announced a little less than a year ago. The new model boasts a new 1.4-inch front-facing display and a larger 2.27-inch rear touchscreen, a new 20MP sensor that shoots 5K/30p as well as 4K/60p and 1080/240p, and a removable wider-angle lens that can be replaced with the new Max Lens Mod,…

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Gaumont Stéréodrome | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Gaumont Stéréodrome | André Ruiter Stereoscopy The Gaumont Stéréodrome is a well designed and robust stereoscope for 6x13cm glass stereoviews, manufactured by the Societé des Etablissements Gaumont from Paris.Léon GaumontLéon Ernest Gaumont (1864–1946) was a French industrialist and pioneer of the motion picture industry. He worked at the Comptoir Général de Photographie from 1893 and acquired the business two years later. It was the start of L. Gaumont et Cie with the flower “Marguerite” as company logo.Gaumont’s company sold camera…

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The Posographe by Kaufmann | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

The Posographe by Kaufmann | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Today, even the simplest digital camera has a light meter that is advanced enough to calculate good exposure times for most light conditions. How different this was at the beginning of the 20th century. Photographers had to set their exposure based on their own experience, exposure tables or a best guess. Auguste-Robert Kaufmann designed the Posographe to improve this process. Kaufmann was a businessman and passionate amateur photographer. The Posographe is an…

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Zeiss Ikon Postcard and a little Dutch Photo History – Black & White Photography Article

Zeiss Ikon Postcard and a little Dutch Photo History Recently I found a Zeiss Ikon postcard on eBay. It was a bit too expensive but when I read the text on the back, I really wanted it. The text reveals a little bit of Dutch photo history. This colourful and stylish Zeiss Ikon postcard was part of a series that was originally introduced by ICA. They were designed by the Austrian illustrator Theo Matejko in 1925. After ICA merged with…

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Reicka Stereo Camera by Emil Wünsche – Black & White Photography Article

Reicka Stereo Camera by Emil Wünsche The Reicka is a folding plate stereo camera developed by Emil Wünsche from Dresden. The camera supports 10 x 15cm glass plate negatives and filmpacks.Emil Wünsche started a photography store in 1887 with the name Bedarfsartikel für Fach- und Amateurphotographen in Dresden. He sold rebranded cameras of Hüttig and products from the companies he acquired earlier. From 1896 he produced his own photography products. His first camera was the Mars Kamera for 12 x…

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The Weekend in Black and White: APPOLOGY – Black & White Photography Article

The Weekend in Black and White: APPOLOGY Tom said… …no apology is needed, my sympathy to you! August 22, 2020 11:41 am Dragonstar said… Thank you Tom August 22, 2020 11:47 am Rob Siemann said… So sorry for you loss. I lost my mum on August 2nd. August 22, 2020 4:13 pm Alycia~Quiltygirl said… My Sympathies to you. August 22, 2020 4:43 pm molly said… You are super in my thoughts right now. Take all the time you need. If…

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Brentano’s Great War Stereoviews | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Brentano’s Great War Stereoviews | André Ruiter Stereoscopy The Brentano’s bookshop in Paris was a major producer of glass stereoviews with images of the war in 45 x 107mm and 6 x 13cm format. Most of what we know about their role as producer of stereoviews is through the research of the Boyd/Jordan collection.Brentano’s was a chain of American bookstores. The first store opened in New York in 1853. In 1887 it opened its first foreign store on Avenue de…

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Vérascope Revolving Stereoscope | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Vérascope Revolving Stereoscope | André Ruiter Stereoscopy The Vérascope was the first stereo camera that supported the new 45x107mm glass plate negative format that was introduced by Jules Richard in 1893. It revived stereo photography and the name Vérascope became also the trademark for stereoscopes and other accessories that supported the 45x107mm format.The Vérascope revolving stereoscope is based on a patent by Alexander Beckers from New York. It was therefore also called Beckers style or American style stereoscope. The design…

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La Photo Pour Tous by Henri Plait – Black & White Photography Article

La Photo Pour Tous by Henri Plait I recently found a collection of French photo magazines from the 1920s and 1930s on eBay. I thought it would be fun to see how people experienced photography at the time. The collection contains two editions of La Photo Pour Tous. This magazine was published by Henri Plait of Photo-Plait.I wrote about Henry Plait and his successful photography store in a previous post about stereoviews of the First World War. After the war,…

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New KelbyOne Class: The Art of Black and White Photography – Photography Article

New KelbyOne Class: The Art of Black and White Photography The Art of Black and White Photography with Serge RamelliReady for a master class in fine art B&W photography? Join Serge Ramelli as he takes you through his workflow for capturing and preparing photos to be included in fine art photo books. The beginning of the class takes a very detailed look at some of his favorite photos from his book on Paris. From there, Serge moves on to a…

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Ernemann Magazin Stereoscope | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Ernemann Magazin Stereoscope | André Ruiter Stereoscopy The Ernemann Magazin is multi-view stereoscope with storage cabinet for viewing 45x107mm glass stereoviews. This acquisition is extra special for me because it contains the nameplate of a Dutch photography store.The copper nameplate on the front panel of the Ernemann Magazin contains the text: R. van der Werf FotohandelGr. Houtstr. 102 HaarlemThis concerns Rinnert van der Werf. He was born on 14 November 1868 in Harlingen. He started his career as a pastry…

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Letters from Jules Richard | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Letters from Jules Richard | André Ruiter Stereoscopy A collection of 17 letters with correspondence between Jules Richard’s company and a retailer. They provide an interesting insight into the trade of stereoscopy devices at the beginning of the 20th century.The letters are addressed to Haussy Fils et Badet. The only information about this company comes from Le Grand écho du Nord de la France of 28 March 1894. It mentions a notarial deed of the establishment of A. Haussy Fils…

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The Boudoir Series of Jean Agélou – Black & White Photography Article

The Boudoir Series of Jean Agélou My first encounter with boudoir photos from the early 20th century was a coincidence. My purchase of a Taxiphote stereoscope included 74 glass stereoviews from Jules Richard’s Atrium collection. I started reading about the history of erotic photography during La Belle Époque and discovered the photographs of Jean Agélou.A boudoir is a woman’s private sitting room or bedroom. Boudoir style photos are sensual or suggestive images of a nude or scantily dressed woman in…

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Finding Black Water at Siladen – Underwater Photography Article

Finding Black Water at Siladen Flounder larva   Everything I was seeing was new and exciting. I was like a kid in a sweetshop —Saeed Rashid There are subjects that even veteran underwater photographers fear. No, not sharks. Think smaller. Much smaller. And darker. Black water diving is unlike any other—diving in sheer darkness hovering over an unfathomable abyss. With your focus light as the sole source of illumination, the magic unfolds. Millions of otherworldly, planktonic creatures begin the largest…

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Métascope Unis France | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Métascope Unis France | André Ruiter Stereoscopy A Métascope multi-view table stereoscope for viewing 45x107mm glass stereoviews by Unis France, one of the trademarks of Mattey from Paris.The Métascope is one of the stereoscopes from the very extensive product range of Albert Mattey. A catalog from 1936 shows a varied collection from simple stereo viewers to advanced multi-view devices. This extensive catalog is interesting because the popularity of stereoscopy was waning in the 1930s. Mattey sold its products using different…

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Jean Agélou Erotic Stereo Photos – Black & White Photography Article

Jean Agélou Erotic Stereo Photos Jean Agélou was a French photographer who is known for his erotic photographs. His photos were used for French Postcards that were very popular in the early 20th century, but he also made stereo photos. In my post about Jules Richard’s Atrium collection, I showed a French Postcard with a photo signed by Jean’s brother George Agélou. However, Jean was the photographer who made the most erotic pictures and George was mainly concerned with business…

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Stéréocycle by Bazin & Leroy – Black & White Photography Article

Stéréocycle by Bazin & Leroy Since my acquisition of a Stéréo-Panoramique and a catalog from 1913, I have a special interest in the photography products of Lucien Leroy. So I really wanted a Stéréocycle and this week I found a beautiful model, complete with bag and 24 plate holders.The Stéréocycle was introduced by Charles Bazin and Lucien Leroy in 1897. For a brief introduction to the designers and their company’s history, I refer to my post about the Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy.…

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Carl Zeiss Jena Stereoscopes | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Carl Zeiss Jena Stereoscopes | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Today, Zeiss lenses are known for their high optical quality. The company has a long history and at the beginning of the 20th century it also produced stereoscopes. I recently added a rare Carl Zeiss Jena stereoscope to my collection In 1846, Carl Zeiss started the company that would become Carl Zeiss Jena. At the beginning it was specialised in the manufacturing of microscopes. Over the years, it distinguished itself in optimising…

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Ernemann Cameras Dresden | André Ruiter Stereoscopy – Black & White Photography Article

Ernemann Cameras Dresden | André Ruiter Stereoscopy Ernemann was a renowned German manufacturer of photographic and film cameras from Dresden. During the company’s lifecycle it produced a wide range of high-end cameras and accessories.In 1889, Heinrich Ernemann formed together with Wilhelm Franz Matthias the Dresdner photographische Apparate-Fabrik Ernemann & Matthias. Matthias left the company in 1891 and Ernemann continued the business activities alone. From 1899 the company was called Heinrich Ernemann, Aktiengesellschaft für Camerafabrikation in Dresden. In the beginning it…

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