Category: 645

Ira Block Chronicles the Aftermath Ten Years On

Photographer Ira Block has a straightforward, haunting, unblinking look at the aftermath of September 11, 2001. As an internationally renowned shooter, Block has over thirty National Geographic stories under his belt. He is also a respected photo educator and workshop leader.

Due to restrictions in his agreement with National Geographic, we are unable to reproduce any of the images used in their story, which is now available for viewing on their site. Written by Luna Shyr, Block’s photos accompany her piece entitled “Starting from Ground Zero: Ten years after 9/11, how have the survivors healed—and what wounds still remain?”

A gallery show of these impressive images is scheduled for October 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Foto Care in New York City.

To capture both the disturbing images of wreckage, such as a piece of one of the planes’ fuselage, to the life-affirming smile of a survivor with her children, Block relied on his Mamiya 645AFD III with a 33 megapixel back. Mamiya lenses used were a 120mm macro, an 80mm f/2.8 and a 150mm f/2.8. His tripod is an Induro CT414—”the big one,” he says. Profoto Strobes were used, along with Acute2 1200 Generators, and Acute2 2400 Generators. He also employed a Creative Light Octa Sofbox. His lights were triggered by PocketWizard MultiMAX units.

You can see Block’s thoughts on the event, the subsequent images, and the intervening years in a new post on his blog.

Another impressive credit belonging to this photographer is Block taught the first creative digital photography class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He regularly appears at workshops around the world. His blog on photography, photographic gear, and creativity, is not to be missed.

The Eyes Have It

Photographer Landon Mathers has posted a fascinating video comprised of still images he’s shot.

Armed with a Mamiya 645, a Phase One digital back, and a 120mm macro lens, Mathers photographed eyes. This project confirms what humans have known since before recorded time: eyes are astounding. In Mathers’ images we can see everything from contact lenses to the stunningly delicate epithelium and stroma, the latter two giving each iris their unique and amazing color variations.

At the conclusion of the video, it’s implied the subjects photographed are photographers themselves. Awesome concept and superb execution, Landon! See more of Mathers’ work at his site.

Alexandra Roberts Does Medium Format in Miami

Photographer Alexandra Roberts has a recent blog post featuring some black and white Mamiya goodness she shot in Miami. Roberts was shooting Kodak T-MAX 100 with her Mamiya 645 AFD II.

©Alexandra Roberts

Roberts reports her wedding clients are loving the medium format black and white work she’s mixing into her photographic offerings.

To see more beautiful film and digital photography, check out Roberts’ site. Nice job, Alexandra!

Creative Mamiya Triptychs

Duncan at The Inspiration Room recently posted some very cool creative work by DDB in New York. The series of three print ads featured the Mamiya 645DF shot at 1/1600 scond high flash sync speed. One of the three triptychs is presented below.

Duncan states the three ads were created by “creative director Eric Silver, art director Chuck Tso, photographer Craig Cameron Olsen, with retouching by John Cason and Aaron Needham.”

Great concept and fabulous job, guys!

Otto Kitchens and the Art of Wabi-sabi

Atlanta, Georgia photographer Otto Kitchens is fascinated with the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi. According to Wikipedia, wabi-sabi celebrates beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete,” among other qualities. Asymmetry and asperity also also reflect values in the aesthetic, and it seems Kitchens knows how to find these in abundance.

Kitchens has some beautiful examples of wabi-sabi and they were shot with his Mamiya 645 Super. Check out the way he captures the textures of Detroit’s finest in various stages of decay using medium format film goodness. He frequently relies on Kodak Portra 400 color film, and the muted light makes the forgotten and discarded look magical.

Cars aren’t the only thing Kitchens has captured. There’s a fascinating series on the Miller Theater in Augusta, Georgia, and lots of examples of decay in small rural towns of Georgia.

Wabi-sabi is indeed the finding of beauty and art in the ordinary. Kitchens does this regularly and is worth following. His site is a great photoblog, and breaks down his shots by the type of camera they were captured with. A great job all the way around!

Mamiya — Now Powered by Leaf & Phase One

Elmsford, NY, June 20, 2011 – Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group (formerly Mamiya America) is proud to announce in the U.S., the collaboration of the leading companies in professional digital photography: Mamiya, Leaf, Phase One and Schneider Kreuznach. This has led to the creation of the New Mamiya – Powered by Leaf & Phase One.

Now, as the exclusive importer of Mamiya / Leaf products in the USA, Jan Lederman states, “This collaboration is the fulfillment of a dream we have worked towards for years. The finest solutions in hardware, optics and software are now all together from a single source to offer photographers the best in large sensor digital photography.” Both customer and repair service for Mamiya and Leaf products will be provided by factory-trained technicians at MAC Group.

New Mamiya DSLRs and Digital Backs range from 22 megapixels up to the exciting 80 megapixel version. Mamiya / Leaf Digital Backs, also available separately, are compatible with Mamiya 645, Mamiya RZ, Hasselblad V and H series, Contax 645 and most view cameras.

Camera bodies and lenses are manufactured by Mamiya, digital backs are manufactured by Leaf under the Mamiya/Leaf name, Capture One software is made by Phase One, and new leaf shutter lenses are designed and certified by Schneider Kreuznach.

Included with all Mamiya DSLRs and Digital Backs are two native software options: award-winning Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture. These powerful software programs are industry leading, and will be valuable assets to any professional’s workflow.

“We’re pleased to be part of this effort. The combination of products brings together the best in medium format photography delivered with service and options to expand the capabilities of professional photographers,” says Henrik Hakonsson, President of Phase One.

For more information, visit Mamiya.

About Mamiya
For over 50 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya continues to be a pioneer by continually improving and refining the finest professional, digital photographic products with state-of-art advancements as well as developing superior apochromatic lens technology.

About Leaf
Leaf Imaging has been a pioneer in professional digital photography beginning in 1992 when Leaf introduced the world’s first commercial digital camera back. Leaf is dedicated to improving the quality of its products, technologies and services to support the advancement of professional digital photography.

About Phase One
Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling professional photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.

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Alfie Goodrich Before and After the Disaster

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.

©Alfie Goodrich

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Joey Lawrence and the Omo Valley Portraits

Joey Lawrence was recently covered by The Travel Photographer blog for his work in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. Often known professionally as Joey L., Lawrence is credited with shooting the Omo Valley Portraits with a  Mamiya 645 and an 80mm prime lens.

Known for photographing environmental portraits of native tribes particularly in Africa, Lawrence also shoots commercial work. His blog features three DVDs of behind the scenes and documentary work. Take a look to see some beautiful work.

Craig Norris and His New Toy

Orange County, California photographer Craig Norris just posted a cool story about his Christmas present, a Mamiya 645. Within five minutes of getting it, he had it loaded with Fujichrome Provia 400X, and was firing away. He also shoots high ISO Ilford film and Kodak Ektar 100 film, and claims “virtually zero color correction” when he scanned the latter.

He also peppers the post with portraits shot on different films. Nice work, Craig, and enjoy your Mamiya!