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Gordon Parks.R.I.P.

 
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Graflex Sid



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if the late Gordon Parks was a Graphic user?.
Loads of talk on his past everywhere,and every indication he lived through the early Graphic era (LIFE mag etc),but never once do they say what cameras were being used.

Amazing how the media believe photographs just appear out of nowhere.But then,that's the media for you...

You become a wonderful guy when you are dead,but when alive,well,just get on with it!.
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sid, I'm suprized you ask this question. If you have access to the HBO network of TV chanels watch for Half Past Autum: Gordon Parks.

For his first attempt at Fasion Photography he borrowed a Speed Graphic and film holders, negocated his way into shooting at a top Chicago, Il. clothier. He "double exposed" all but one frame which he printed at 14x20. When presenting he was ask "where are the others?" and he told the truth and was ask back!

Another scene shows him using a View I and later on in his career he used what appeared to be a Mimiya or Pentax 35mm.

Half past Autum is worth watching.

Charles

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We do NOT have HBO network here in Britain,Charles.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Sid,

I don't have HBO as part of my cable package either, but Netflix, Walmart and Blockbuster have "Half Past Autumn" available. You may be able to find it on your side of the pond.

Guess I'll have to join the 21st century and buy a DVD player.

Thanks Charles. Keep us updated.



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the Half Past Autum a night or two before your post Sid hence the susprize.
Since you don't have the HBO or an affilate that carries its programing then:
A. Do you have standard VHS video tpae and players?
B. DVD players and a source for import movies?

C. You do have several people over here that can/will provide you with either the DVD or VSH tape copy of the doucmentary for cost upon request.

I would wager to say he used Speed's during his tenure with Life and the many assingments to France and Europe in general. I will also presume that he did not start using 35mm until the 60's.
Charles

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the offer,Charles,but it's OK.

Our Television service runs completely different to the States,even Cable/Satellite,don't carry any of those programmes.

But,one of our leading professional photo weekly mags is carrying the article about the life of our deceased friend.

Not once,or perhaps they don't know themselves,do they mention anything about what camera(s) he used.It would have been nice just to mention one.Everything is taken for granted,why bother mentioning cameras?.
Photographs just appear out of thin air.

My moan over.
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Henry



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure which system is used in the UK, but CDs/DVDs (maybe VHS tape too) run to a different standard in Europe (Japan, too), and are not interchangeable. IOW, "our" DVDs/CDs won't play on those machines, and vice versa.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NTSC ( National Television System Committee ) USA and Japan

PAL ( Phase Alterning Line ) Europe except

SECAM ( SEquentiel Couleur Avec Mémoire ) France, Greece, Hungary, Monaco, Poland, Russia, and a number of French ex-colonies

Digital video cams in Europe are only PAL, doesn't exist in SECAM.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the clarification. Reason I included Japan is that a Japanese friend loaned me a DVD and it wouldn't work in my machine. Something else must have been "ausser Betrieb" there.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/502554/026-7498339-1209247

Regions from Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BNXD4G/qid%3D1142797991/203-7883982-0649508

"Half Past Autumn" from Amazon UK. Note that they say that this DVD requires a Region One or a multiregion DVD player and a NTSC TV.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't it great when there are 20 ways to get from point A to B technically and all 21 ways get used?
Charles

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All together now: say "B-E-T-A-M-A-X."

I'm taking mine to be fixed today. Ought to give up on it, but it really is better.
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