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    Vans (vehicles) converted for photographic use

    In the old days Ansel Adams and others outfitted vans and trucks for photographic use, some going to far as turning vehicles into machines that could even function as darkrooms.

    Since then panel vans, step vans, and mini vans were invented, and some photogs customized their vehicles for photo travel, etc. I'm thinking of purchasing something like a Grumman Step Van and converting it for travel, film storage and portable dark room use (processing only).

    Has anyone tried this and documented it? I know the Aussies are quite ingenious in vehicle mods, as are Americans, so I figured this would be a great place to ask.

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    Not quite what you are asking for, but I think you might be interested in:

    http://www.stadiumnissanofseattle.or...the-camera-van

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    I did find someone on Flickr, Grumman RV, who converted one to RV use with a sink and shower, so I got the idea of a van conversion for darkroom/travel use.



    If anyone has any ideas, or knows of anyone who has converted a van for photographic use and travel, I would be grateful for the information.

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    I just hope you'll use a tad different color scheme....
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Bill Schwab posted this vid earlier.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DcAj...ature=youtu.be

    I watched it and it shows a trailer setup for wet plate.
    A few features look pretty trick.

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    In the documentary on Sally Mann, "What Remains, the Life and work of Sally Mann" there are a few shots of her work truck/van she uses for her work, which the viewer sees and she speaks briefly about. There is as well a large number of shots of her home dark room.

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    That Schwab piece was useful. I'll have to track down the Sally Mann doc.... maybe they have it at the library.

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    I once read an article about a guy who converted a step-van into a giant-format pinhole camera! That's what I thought you were asking when I saw this thread title :-)

    Duncan

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    I have a 25' Winnebago I would be willing to part with for about $5,000 USD if you are interested. It runs great but I don't use it enough to justify owning it any longer.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
    "Shouldn't it be more about the joy of producing and viewing the photo than what you paid for the camera?"

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