Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Elementary Photography for the Army/Navy/Marine/Coast Guard

Mom sent me my grandfather's Elementary Photography book that he used in the 1940s and 1950s at Sweetwater Lake and Lake Pend Oreille while working for the Navy. The spine is not bent and the pages hardly look turned. I wonder how often Grandad ever referred to this manual but it interests me because it was published in 1944 by the War Department, the terminology is laughably outdated, and it further explores a family connection with the medium of photography but from a "top secret" who knows what my grandfather developed in those government darkrooms in San Diego and Northern Idaho.

My favorite image is this one entitled "The Night Before Christmas" in which it serves as an example for "Picturemaking with Paper Negatives." Nothing like Santa appearing through the flames on a burning bus in front of an oblivious/sleeping child.

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