Posts in Category: Music

Jonathan Mannion

Cameras in music videos … Graflex × Madonna

Remember when Madonna didn’t just copy the style of the month? Alright, never mind. But then, do you remember when we told you about Sir Mix-A-Lot having a Graflex camera in his ’92 video for “Baby Got Back”? Well, Madonna actually did that back in 1985.

When Madonna released the video for “Into the Groove” as part of the promotion of “Desperately Seeking Susan”, it featured the Graflex Super Graphic flashing between scenes.

I don’t know if the clip is just a bit of the motion picture repeated or a part made exclusively for the video, but the camera is a beast none the less.

Graflex Super Graphic 4x5 Press Camera
Photo by Zane H. Healy

The Queen of Pop also has a bunch of cameras in this one, but that only last for about 30 seconds. Then the music starts.

Cameras in music videos … Kodak × ERIMAJ

So, it’s been a while … It seems there’s not a lot of cameras in music videos these days, and as much as I would love to see Oddisee do one with his, it just hasn’t happened yet.
But as luck would have it, I came across ERIMAJ on Facebook, and voila, I’m back in the blogging game!

Kodak Brownie Starflex
Photo by Lindsey

In this video for “Conflict of a Man” vocalist Chris Turner is sporting the beautiful Kodak Brownie Starflex. This fancy piece of plastic first saw the light of day in 1957, and at a price of $10 it featured two settings marked “Color” (EV 13) and “B & W” (EV 14). What more do you need, right?

I’m not sure the acrylic Dakon lens would let anyone take the kind of close-ups displayed, but the lady doesn’t seem to care, so who am I to start pointing at details?

You can download the track for buck right HERE!

Cameras in music videos … Konica × Aloe Blacc

The fact that I’m both a father as well as an analog enthusiast is part of the reason that this video for “You Make Me Smile” actually makes me smile.
In it Aloe Blacc plays the part of a struggling photographer surrounding himself with cameras and sporting both the Speed Graphic (Remember Sir Mix-a-Lot?) as well as a Konica S.

Konica S
Photo by David Broglin

The Konica S, introduced in 1959, was the first semi-automatic rangefinder by Konica.
It had an exposure meter and––in Blacc’s case––an 45/2.8 Hexar lens. Other variants had the 48/2 or 48/1.8 Hexanon.

Photo by Thomas

Also, in the back of the kitchen scene is a bunch of Kodak Portra sheet film. I’m still a little bummed out over the fact that they dropped the NC and VC, but I guess the new ones will do.

Photo by Matt Nuzzaco

By the way, the video is directed by photographer Eric Coleman, but that’s a whole different story.

Speaking of the Congo …

A year previous to the Dear Obama project, Marcus Bleasdale had a book published about the situation in DRC called ‘Rape of a Nation’ (2009).
The amazing pictures tell a grim story of dictatorship, enslavement, rape, and murder.

The Democratic Republic of Congo sits atop one of the world’s most vast deposits of diamonds and gold; yet it is also home to the world’s most deadly war. In Rape of a Nation, photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale explores the connection. See the project at

A different way of raising awareness about the crisis in DRC saw the light of day in July last year, when a bunch of producers led by Damon Albarn travelled to Congo. The purpose was to make an album in 5 days working with local artists.
‘Kinshasa One Two’ was released in October and all profits go to Oxfam‘s work in DRC. Among other things, the campaign to increase phone coverage in the most isolated regions, in order for people there to warn each other of attacks or call for help.

Cameras in music videos … Leica × Sol

Unlike previous episodes of Cameras in Music Videos, the Leica M7 in this video looks more like product placement than just a prop.

leica M7
Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

Anyway, Sol does his thing, and the M7 definitely is ‘This Sh#t’.

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Pieter Hugo

The other day I came across a photograph on flickr depicting a barefooded man in black suit and tie, standing like he had just ripped a cow’s throat out.
The person who had posted this image was not the photographer, but was kind enough to mention the name ‘Pieter Hugo’.
I immediately had to find out who was behind this name, and as I dug into the internet, I was amazed.

Have a look for yourself … And oh yeah, check out

Artist: Spoek Mathambo
Directed & shot by: Pieter Hugo & Michael Cleary

Cameras in music videos … Polaroid × Michael Jackson

In 1983 Michael Jackson escaped the lense of a Polaroid Autofocus 660 in the video for Billie Jean.

Photo by Sean Smith

Surrounding the Polaroid is what appears to me as a bunch of Mamiya Z-series cameras, but what’s more important: Is that a (Dirty) Diana I see there in the upper left corner?! Your expertise is required.

Cameras in music videos … Nikon × Duran Duran

In 1981 Duran Duran used a Nikon FE to capture three femmes fatales on a fashion runway in their video for “Girls On Film”.
The camera is seen with a Nikkor-s Auto 1:2.8 f=35mm–and possibly an MD-11 or MD-12 motor drive.

Nikon FE
Picture by Alfredo Hantsch

The song begins with a recording of the rapid whirring of a motor drive on a camera. It was recorded at Air Studios with a Nikon camera which manager Paul Berrow had borrowed for the day from his father.

Oh, and if you ask me, I’m guessing that the film loaded in the beginning of the video is a roll of Tri-x 135-36 ASA 400/27 DIN.

Cameras in music videos … Graflex × Sir Mix-a-Lot

In 1992 Sir Mix-a-Lot had a Graflex Speed Graphic in his video for “Baby Got Back”.

Produced by Graflex in Rochester, New York, the Speed Graphic is commonly called the most famous press camera. Although the first Speed Graphic cameras were produced in 1912, production of later versions continued until 1973; with the most significant improvements occurring in 1947 with the introduction of the Pacemaker Speed Graphic (and Pacemaker Crown Graphic, which is one pound lighter but lacks the focal plane shutter). It was standard equipment for many American press photographers until the mid-1960s.

Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5
Picture by Steve Harwood

I guess it’s only right that you use a large format camera when you want to capture big butts …