Bill Brandts camera

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  1. david_mizen

    david_mizen Member

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    can any one tell me what camera/lens combination bill brandt used to achieve his interior pictures and landscapes with their monumental depth of field. I have attached a picture of the camera im told he used.

    the attached picture shows what i guess is an 8x10 its been described to me as either a forensic camera or a detective camera the lens im told is a very wide angle.

    What format ? what lens?

    can any body shed any light on this for me?

    Thanks
    David
     

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  2. Jim Noel

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    It appears to be a home built 8x10 with an extreme wide angle lens, possibly about 6.5". It is impossible to tell more about it from the photograph.
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    An extremely wide angle 8x10" is the Burke & James Orbitar. It has no bellows, but a helical focusing mount and something like a 90mm lens or thereabouts. Maybe not exactly what he used, but certainly the same idea.
     
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    ...Lot 267: KODAK WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA, originally belonging to BILL BRANDT Bill Brandt - 1904-1983
    Auction House: Christie's
    Auction Location: United Kingdom
    .Auction Title: PHOTO


    Description: A whole-plate mahogany and brass camera with removable bellows and baseboard section with a Zeiss Protar f.18 8.5 cm. lens no. 1355381, a Zeiss protar f.18 11 cm. lens no. 938858 and eight double dark slides. LITERATURE Haworth-Booth, Remembering Bill Brandt, V. & A. Album, No. 3, 1984, pp. 40 and 45. EXHIBITION Barbican Art Gallery, 'Bill Brandt Photographs 1928-1983', London, 1993. NOTES This camera, acquired by Brandt in 1945, was that used for his series of experimental nudes, started in the same year.
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    Sam H.