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