John Barna of The Gloucester County Times has written a story on the work of photographer Frank Stefanko. In particular, he focuses on Stefanko’s portraits of Bruce Springsteen taken over decades.
As a college student, Stefanko attended Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He was friendly with vocalist Patti Smith. A connection with Springsteen was made, Barna writes, and Stefanko went on to photograph for the Darkness on the Edge of Town album, and would continue to photograph Springsteen for the next 40 years.
Stefanko used a Mamiya RB67 and shot Springsteen in his natural environs. If you’re into rock and roll trivia and the story of how an unknown took some of the most memorable photos people around the world recognize, don’t miss the full article.
Photographer Patrick Nicholas was featured on Photobotos.com. The author of the article is not clear, but he or she writes, “Although photography is an art form, this is certainly the first post we have had where the lines between art and photography are blurred. It is an honor to have a professional as good as Patrick to guest on our blog.”
The featured photo, entitled “Daphne,” was “taken back in ’94 with a Mamiya RB67 using Kodak Tri X black and white film and developed by myself,” writes Nicholas himself. Check out all the details. You can see more of his work at his site.
Photographer Otakar Hevler has posted a gorgeous image taken near Anthy-sur-Léman, France. Although he claims to have shot this exact place several times previously, this is the image he wants to share with the world on his blog.
This gorgeous landscape, shot with a Mamiya RB 67 Pro and a Mamiya-Sekor C 50mm f/4.5, is reminiscent of the images Apple bundles with Mac OS X. Captured on Kodak T-MAX, ISO 100, it’s simply a stunning image, and reminds us of the beauty of film technology the world has grown used to for over 150 years.
One of Alfie Goodrich’s earliest memories is at the age of three, sitting in a darkened living room, looking at his father’s slides projected onto a big screen. It left a lasting impression which would shape his career. At seven, his father helped kickstart his son’s love of photography further by passing down an old rangefinder camera.
Goodrich used the rangefinder until he joined the British Army. A knee injury got him discharged, and began a three year study of photography at an art college in the U.K. He spent the next nine years at a record company, working his way up to Director of Public Relations. Taking many photos during his time in the music business, he eventually managed a record label in London for a few years before turning to a solo career as a professional photographer.
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward has pulled some great Polaroids and prints out of his archive, scanned them, and posted them with commentary. This blog entry is filled with shots from a 1992 photo shoot he did with Lisa Montonen holding various flora.
Karen Nakamura has put together a review of the Mamiya RB67 Pro. It goes into some fine detail on the history of model, which was first introduced in 1970, with substantial improvements over the past 30 years.
Nakamura explains modifications she’s done to her RB Pro, including mounting an RZ waist level finder on it, “which confuses everybody,” she writes. She warns you won’t be able to use your RB hood after this conversion without replacing the screws a second time. She also reports this modification is physical, and there are no working electronics between her RB body and the RZ hood.
The review also contains interesting sections on lenses and an auxiliary handle.