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Discussion in 'Ultra Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Hugo Zhang, Feb 21, 2007.
You should see the camera...
I have aspirations of one day renting time on a 20x24 studio. There's one local to me.
A lota cash to plunk down, tho.
Tracy Storer can help you with that...he posts here at times...
Or you can come to Asheville and play around with the one that hangs out in my basement!!! Apugger's are always welcome. Mine is a bit smaller at 60 lbs but alas it moves around much easier. Here is one that Kerik uploaded a while back when I couldn't post for a while of my son Satchel Cochise. Have shot some more but am digitally challenged when it comes to downsizing the files to upload here. Maybe one day when time allows....
The Little Ref
Monty....A truly wonderful picture of your son. Hope all is well. Call me when you have a chance.
That's the camera that Elsa Dorfman is using too, isn't it?
She also has a quite a few wonderful portraits on display.
There are a couple of area photographers who use the NY Polaroid camera (Linda Broadfoot & a lady in New Smyrna Beach whose name escapes me just now). They do still lifes, though. Linda told me it cost $10,000 per session with the camera, but that does include assistants.
I've only seen Wegman's 20x24 Polas in an exhibition. They're impressive, but I don't think I would like to work with a monster like that. I had enough trouble when I tried to use the 8x10 Polaroid back and processor. On the other hand, since the assistants that will use the camera and processor do all the dirty work, I guess it'll not be so hard... the 10000$ needed are a different matter.
In 1995, when Polaroid had a lot more money than they do today (indeed, before they effectively went bust) they very kindly took a 20x24 Polaroid portrait of my wife and myself; it's currently hanging in our séjour. The camera (this one was in the UK -- indeed, at Focus --and was borrowed from Prague) was a fascinating piece of kit but I have to say that I regard the whole thing as more of a curiosity than anything else. As I recall, the photographer worked with a single assistant. After seeing him take a number of portraits, and, as I say, being on the receiving end, I have no desire to try the thing. Until then, I had thought it would be a wonderful thing to try.
That's not to say for an instant that there's no place for 20x24 portraits, or for giant Polaroids; and Monty's lovely portrait earlier in the thread is a strong argument for the format. All I'm saying is that it's easier to fantasize about using the thing when you haven't seen it. Existing ULF shooters might love it -- but if you're not already a ULF addict (and even 11x14 inch and 12x15 inch, the biggest I've ever used, are miniatures next to this monster) you might find that you couldn't get good value for a hire fee of $1000, let alone $10,000.
After several months of dry shooting and practicing with my little Wisner 14 x 17 point and shoot, I have started putting film in the camera....it is fun...so nice and peacefull I do not miss the obnoxious sound of my nikon motor drive....all I can add is that I am chomping at the bit to get behind a 20 x 24 and finally move on up to large format...! Keep the faith Monty, you da man!
$10,000 will get you more than "assistants", and it will get you a full day in the studio with more film than most clients will ever use in a day.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me.
Let me clarify this even further:
current rates for renting the SF camera in studio start at $1000/day Film is $75/shot. The last time I invoiced over $10K was for a four day shoot, five hundred miles from home with rental truck, rented lights, etc.
Anyone interested in working with the camera should contact me, I'm here to help.
A teacher of mine here at Columbia (Peter LaGrand) used one of these extensively while we had one here a decade or so back and showed me some gorgeous images from it, seriously just something to floor you.
Said film was about $65 a shot then, which sounds about in line with what Tracy's saying, though as the project was for the school, he didn't have to pay to rent it out or anything.
Pretty sweet deal I'd say.
The camera is long since gone from campus, but his pictures, and two 11x14 Deerdorfs still remain, definitely guna be getting on those this semester...