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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Willy Ronis le bellevillois

You know how one thing leads to another on the internet. A Google search takes you to a site that links to something else, and bada-boom bada-bing you’ve spent hours on YouTube or Camerapedia. Well, yesterday a Todd Hido podcast led me to the name Willy Ronis, and I wondered, “why have I never heard […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]