Friday, 27 September 2019

A Cry for help

Can any of our readers identify the camera which was intended to fit the underwater camera housing shown below? I have seen the 'R.G.Lewis' invention of the post war period but from memory it is not one of those. Next Choice would be a EWA 'Hass' housing but again I cannot locate a picture and most cameras associated with Hans and Lotte Hass were Rolleiflex models.This housing has two glass ports which suggest a 35mm reflex was intended and a plastic holder for what may well have been an electronic flash marked Aquasnap. Any help appreciated via 'comments' on this site or the email on the Home page.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

'Russian' Enlarger design updated

The title of this Blog has caused some thought today as it is all too common to use the words 'Soviet' 'Russian' and various combinations of CCCP and USSR when making reference to the makers of these enlargers. It is difficult to be precise about the present subject as the literature originated from Ukraine and I have never seen the actual enlarger concerned.

It would appear that the history of amateur Enlargers, from what I will call Russia, is well known  following the immense popularity of  Zenith and similar products in the period roughly 1960-2000 when quality 35mm film  cameras were both sought after and expensive in UK.  A gap in the market was identified and filled with the arrival of a compact enlarger which packed into a suitcase and is well represented on Ebay to this day.  I shall not dwell on this particular machine except to say that it provided a very adequate introduction to enlarging for many.   It was followed by a streamlined version that should have been even more attractive but the days of the enlarger were numbered with the arrival of Digital cameras.

Never available in this country was an even later development which is  interesting in that it appears to draw on the design and appearance of the Leitz/Leica v35,   the last enlarger offered by Wetzlar.

I can only suggest that any reader who can correct what I write about the FOMO enlarger sends me either a email (see header page) or a message in the comment section and I shall do my best to correct things. The FOMO is an attractive machine in the same shape as the Leica v35 and working with a single spring arm and I suspect auto focusing cam. The precise lens employed is unclear but the light source is a small mains bulb of the type seen on earlier designs. The base board and column are much updated but lighting is by double condensers rather than the diffusion system.

I think it best that I show some illustrations from the handbook I have recently obtained, dated Feb. 1985,  leaflet printed in 1984.

Needless to say I should be interested to hear from anyone who uses one of these machines, in particular to learn what lens was used as I have a number of the later lenses which have become available on the market.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Sommor Sommor

An earlier Blog shows a negative holder with a Leitz-like name which emerged in the 1930's and 1940's. In the event this was a French product quite well made but probably introduced when the real thing was unavailable. Another product of those days has come to light in the Sommor loader for 10m of bulk film(say six loads) and a bakelite 'Bobineuse' which holds the cassette in a light tight trap for loading. This is a smaller proposition than any other device to load from bulk film and is is surprising that so few remain in existence.

The Way We Were- LPP in the 1960's

A member of long standing recently gave me the mark card shown below from some old papers being cleared out. This may stir a few memories among members.

Antique Grain Focussing Magnifier

No doubt this item is in common use in darkrooms across the country but I have never found found one myself.  Pre-War may be a better term than Antique but the magnifier is uncoated and the general build rather  heavier than one has come to expect.  I normally use a French Scoponet which I have shown for comparison.  As received the older item had a damaged mirror.  This raised the question of how to make a new mirror, preferably a surface mirror although I suspect that some on the market are not of that type.  I found a IKEA mirror for pocket use with the surface deposited on plastic sheet thin enough to cut with a craft knife.  I am unable to say how the mirror is coated but above all it works without a double image and gives accurate results.  I feel the oversize mirror helps in use and brightness is no problem. In case you wonder the cross hairs are located in the tube below the eyepiece.


New York filter holder for the Focomat


One small issue with the Focomat enlarger is the use of the ubiquitous Ilford  VC filters mounted on plastic holders. Use of below lens filters has led to several 'fixes' but Leitz N.Y. produced a fine holder that takes Ilford holders and , by the way,  also fitted a ready made Red filter with a small handle produced for the Graflex 66. This example arrived without the mounting screw which is longer than the short thread used to hold a Leitz red filter. The rather large head left on the fitting made an easy job of mounting by hand but it can be slimmed down to a screw head if wished.
Many thanks indeed to the doner in The Netherlands and to my good friend at Cheltenham for the mounting screw.


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Thursday, 16 May 2019

NOT a Focomat-what next?

Regular readers - Yes, both of you, will know that this Blog has relied heavily on the enlarger products of E. Leitz over the period 1927 to about 1990. The peak of production in terms of reliability and operation was reached with the last Focomat 1c shortly to be followed by the innovative v35 which marked the end of the line. Over the years there have been many autofocus enlargers and, interesting to note, the auto focus design was well developed by others in pre war days. One important point being that the enlarger was only truly 'auto' when used with the original factory issue lens for which it had been adjusted. Any other lens would require a touch of  manual checking before printing. In practice many users would complete a series of prints before changing size and so any lens of the nominal focal length could be employed.The Focomat achieved this by use of a superb brass helical screw.

With this in mind I was interested in a very inexpensive used enlarger acquired in recent days. This is an Italian product - but not a Durst. The name is the Aurigon Automatico from IFF Turin which is an incredibly heavy machine of 1970's design based on the general layout of the Focomat.The late Barry Thornton had one in his Darkroom but suffered the same lack of original lens as mine does. We have all seen Leitz substitutes and blatant copies which rely on a supply of steel bar stock to achieve a autofocus machine and two at least appeared in the UK after the war. The Aurigon takes this to extremes with vast solid arms for a 35mm machine.  I have managed to get back to more or less original functions with either a Leitz Focotar LFE or a late Componar -S 2.8/50. The whole cries out solidity and stability and will form an interesting addition to the stable of machines here.The base board has a  magnetic surface but I have not used this at present. Optical system is a clear condenser with a 75 watt bulb being adequate. The carrier is well made and opens when still in place to allow insertion or movement of film.

Autofocus operates via a cam in the Leitz manner but can be disengaged to allow manual focus through a vernier scale. A bellows is used as shown in the pictures, but no helical focus- probably one of the most costly parts of a Focomat to produce.An interesting touch is a sliding red filter which opens rather like a drawer above the lens safe from damage.



Monday, 13 May 2019

More Mirfield

Previous Blogs have mentioned the Mirfield award which goes to the top score in each of the Leica  Print Circles on an Annual basis, presented at the Annual Meetings. In recent years this has been a certificate-and the satisfaction- only. I am glad to say that a small token award is now being made to winners. This practice reverts to spirit of the original scheme where an engraved lens cap was given. (See the earlier Blog with a photo of that won by T.C. March).

For a time a small engraved shield was given and I have one here awarded to Mrs M.Sheppard of Circle 11 in 1995. Margaret and her husband were members of the Society for many years and are still active in Leica Photography in the world of Bromoil and PCCGB. I do like the engraved image of the little man with a camera first seen in the 1930's.This is the 1995 award in Circle 11:




Also recently come into my hands are two engraved caps, In this case I have been unable to trace original holder and so have obscured the name .................................

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

NOT a Leitz code word.

Today we are 59 years after the introduction of Leitz Code Numbers for their multitude of products, rather than the code words which had been composed for the 1920's until 1960.  Despite the lapse of time it is common to hear the alphabetic word quoted rather than the number throughout the Leica World.  It would make a quite separate Blog to give all the odd quirks of the code word system, the New York additions and the (slightly) amusing rhyming poetry that resulted.

In my early days as a Leica user I bought a venerable Focomat 1 from Cheltenham Cameras which came with a strange spring loaded negative carrier that worked well and raised little attention until I noticed that it was made in France- which made me do some research.  Of course you will by now have noted that the name SUMMOR, although similar to a code word, is not from the Leitz stable. Frankly,  I wondered if I might have a 'Monte en Sarre' product and was disappointed to learn that this was one of several utility domestic products of France which immediately followed the Second World War. These were advertised widely in the UK Amateur press as were French cameras which seem to have been only available for a short time. Another product of similar name was a plastic cassette loader and small bulk magazine both of which have turned up in this country in recent years.  A later Blog may deal with them.

The negative holder I have illustrated came in a hammered gloss black finish which had almost entirely worn through. It has been resprayed in matt black( baked on my oil cooker) on the exterior but the interior and film channel is pristine, save for some poor chromium on the spring plates. The unit is about 8mm in thickness and will fit all the German Focomat enlargers that I have handled, both I and Ic but not the FILOY which has a narrow aperture for glass plates. It will fit the Focomat machines even with a anti-newton plate in place. In case anyone wonders the chrome plates are located well below the black aluminium surface of the exterior. Stange to say,



the SUMMOR can, at a pinch also fit the v35!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Unusual Leica Enlarger accessory-two turn up at once!

One of the more unusual Leica accessories associated with the Enlarger range is the light cover for 32 mm columns which appears to have surfaced under the retail code of  YOOSV added to VIWOO which is the '40 inch' upright. This part is in the 1936 General Catalogue on page 78  by which date the Focomat was on the market. I am unable to trace any mention in the 1933 edition.

I suggest that the listing of such an item may well follow the experience of early users of the enlarger range who found that reflections from a polished enlarger column were printing into their results. We all know that this can be an issue with many makes of enlarger. Chrome is probably the worst choice of finish here. I have mentioned in past Blogs that a finish with black satin aerosol spray paint can be very long lasting and hide the chrome effectively. It can also be removed if wished.

I find I have two of these items illustrated below and had doubts as to their authenticity until I found the reference in the Catalogue. Despite their age of 80 or so years the black felt and spring steel still works well. I have been unable to trace a similar item for the 40 mm column and of course the guide rail on the Valoy 11 prohibits such a fitting. A small but interesting part of Leitz history.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Early Leitz enlarger surfaces alive and (fairly) well

Regular readers will know of my interest in enlargers which goes back a long way and often threatens to overtake my ability as a black and white printer.  Long watching of the well known auction site has provided some odd machines but this week I acquired a Leitz enlarger that predates the Valoy and seems to date to 1927.  Not the first 35mm vertical enlarger from Wetzlar but I think, a  FILOY of the the smaller type with a variable iris f3.5 lens scaled in numerical values.  This lens is located in a sliding mount of exquisite smoothness which almost makes one wonder why the expensive and complex helical thread ever saw light. On checking the mount for wear and tear I found it unworn with no need for any lubricant and bright plating evident.

The lens is intended to remain fixed but had to be detached to fully clean both sides. The outside surfaces as received, were dirty and gentle attack with a cotton bud damp with lighter fluid had no effect at all.  As a last resort a bud with tap water was tried which made the lens as good as new or at least as good as any Elmar type at 90 years old.  It was just good old dust and nothing worse The Iris is smooth and multi bladed with a circular aperture. Having done this clean up, I produced a bright, sharp image of the frame on the base board rather than the foggy patch I started with. Turning to the bulb as supplied, was a 75 watt 210 volt Siemens opal bulb of a great age, the original had a smaller 60 watt bulb which I do have in stock.  I suspect the 75 watt large bulb was a help in getting even illumination as the 'reflector' is matt black and the bulb holder cannot be adjusted.

Clues as to the model name are provided by the type of electrical connection and this one has no connection via the column, which is a simple and logical method.  The later, more complex, internal systems are certainly stylish but can give some problems in maintenance.  The second distinct feature of this model is the negative carrier, which was missing! but is in fact a hinged glass carrier made of two glass plates with a flexible material joining the glasses.  The image size is determined by a cut out below the condenser so there is no need to make a mask but a card or red plastic foil will help prevent Newtons rings. I made my carrier out of two Durst AUDA 70 AN glasses but glass of good quality, perhaps in NEWLO finish, is not hard to find. Another source is old coated photo plates from which the coating can be removed with hot water. Needless to say the edges of all should be smoothed off or taped for safety of hands and film

Greatest problem so far has been the column which is of the 32mm size as expected for the time. The corrosion was unsightly rather than a real problem but I have have a bright, longer, column of the same size from a Valoy that I thought of using. In fact I could go up to the optional extra of a 1000mm column but problems arise from the intrusion of this into the projected frame. Column reflection can be an issue and a Leitz felt shield was available,which I have, but is not shown. I may settle for a coat of matt car spray paint on the original column which I have applied in other cases. This can be readily removed if a chance of re-plating at a reasonable price comes along.

One amusing oddity about this model is that the magic dimple that locates the upper and lower sections of the lamp house is found at the back of the lamp house rather than in plain view at the front! The lamp house is much smaller than that adopted for years of Valoy and Focomat machines that were to follow and the dimple is in the fixed lower half so that there is no doubt which way round is intended. The interior of the lamp house is matt black.

The wooden baseboard has posed rather a problem in that a thin plywood board was supplied with the machine. Obviously not original, this was removed and replaced with an early Focomat type from the 32mm column days, retaining the original column until some suitable timber is available.

I found that identification was aided by the illustrations in 'Leica Handbook' (Fritz Vith) Pub. Technisch-Padagogischer Wetzlar 1933 and the detailed history given by Dennis Laney in Leica Collectors Guide, 2nd Edition, Hove 2004. Strange to quote from the earlier book but it is quite often found in English in Leica Circles.

Now, the long awaited photographs of the enlarger -results from using the machine will follow.




Monday, 26 November 2018

The First Camera of Christmas

Previous ramblings ( blog Passim) have dealt with the wealth of Leica related merchandise available at this time of year. Well, the first spotted this year is the Primark tree decoration illustrated below.  It has taken almost 100 years for the Leica to become the automatic first choice of design guide whenever a camera has to be reproduced -  and this one has several features that are probably protected by Wetzlar patents!  Available now at Primark-  £1.99. Get yours now.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Leica- ' Who Done Its' - Yet more works of fiction

The last book I have come across recently that has mention of the Leica in  detail is by Jacqueline Winspear in the 'Maisie Dobbs' series. I have been reading  'A Dangerous Place' set in Gibralter during the Spanish Civil War.

                      The Leica is key to the whole plot. A local aspiring photo - journalist in Gibraltar is found dead with a Zeiss folder round his neck. In the climate of the refugee situation during the Spanish Civil War not a great deal of surprise is generated BUT along comes our heroine, young widow of the English aristocracy, who has lost a baby, and has British Security background('' They never let you go''), and an inquiring mind. She quickly finds a Leica in the undergrowth of the crime scene which contains a film revealing photographs of a Submarine - probably German - off Gibraltar.

The tale revolves around relations between the Rock, the Spanish conflict, the English Aristocracy, and relief workers and has no connections with the school of 'denouement in the Library' with that sort of plot that we have all come to know and hate.

The writer provides a most humanitarian climax reflecting the views of both  parties to the conflict and the support given from liberal supporters overseas.This could have degenerated into a 'Biggles' style romp over a well trodden background of Spain in the 1930's but grows in strength to reach a rather surprising end. A good read.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Yet more Leicas in Fiction


I suppose that setting a novel or Detective yarn in the 1930's makes  the Leica easy copy to give authentic background to your story. The first of two such cases is the recently published works of Ian Sansom. His latest work is a series called the County Guides, not a Petrol Company promotion but a series of Crime fiction works in an unusual presentation. Illustrated from Arthur Mees Kings England series they pose as records of the preparation of a series of Guide Books by-

                                   Swanton Morley- The Peoples Professor, a highly sucessful self taught  journalist and author on any subject under the sun with hundreds of books to his credit                                         

                                 Stephen Sefton- Emotionally damaged pennyless
  Veteran of the Spanish Civil War who is Morley's Secretary and assistant


                                 Miriam Morley-Attractive socialite daughter of Morley who drives Morley's favourite car,a Lagonda.

A number of real life characters pass through the pages, Amy Johnson for example, and Morley's friends in high places will be well known. In each book the Leica plays a part- in  Westmorland Alone , quite a large part. A Good Read.

More Literary Leicas

Not a work of Fiction but just a very brief magazine cover to back up a story on the artist Humphrey Spender, 1910-2005.  In 1999 Country Life published a comprehensive article based on the Studio/House built by Richard Rogers at Maldon for the Artist.  For the cover of this issue a picture of our favourite brand of camera was used which appears below.  I bought the Magazine at the time but only re-discovered it in the past few days.

Readers are directed to a Search of the Internet where a large number of Spenders prints are shown - almost all in our Leica format.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Monsieur Pamplemousse's Leica and Trinovid


A very short Book Review of a fairly short, old, book by the late Michael Bond published in 1989 which has just come to my attention through a gift of Detective novels from an old friend. In short, a light hearted romp called 'Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft.'  The sort of thing that the late Peter Sellers would have rejoiced in playing.

The story is of a touring restaurant critic based on the Michelin pattern of grading by awarding 'stars' in the form of 'stockpot' symbols in a food guide. This one happens to be a retired detective with a large bloodhound that follows him everywhere. Our usual brand of German camera follows him almost as faithfully as do his Leitz binoculars. Subsequent adventures include an encounter with an India Rubber lady and her rubber crocodile with whom the detective becomes inextricably entangled in a small Circus caravan! Also, a unit of the British Special Forces who are dressed as Nuns- an efficient disguise seeing that the scene is set in Brittany at the time of the pardon. Subsequently an Anglo-French Dirigible is saved from terrorist attack based in a fibreglas menhir-get the drift? He uses a motor drive to map the coast and the following brief extract shows,I think, some real research has been undertaken.A quick and easy read that was most enjoyable.

In an earlier book( Monsieur P and the Secret Mission) the Leitz Binoculars are seen again-in a lockable case-and a specific reference is made to the use of a Leica R4 with extra lenses.A very British view of France but a superior light read of some humour and the author has done his homework!



Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rara Avis - The Focomat 1b in captivity

 A Focomat 1b has emerged available on Ebay. It is most unusual to see one of these enlargers on offer in the UK and it would be interesting to learn how it came to the UK at a time when imports were  restricted. In fact I have never seen one on Ebay in many years of Leica enthusiasm.

The machine is covered in detail in my Blog of 23rd September 2017, but only by use of magazine reviews and advertisements of the immediate post war period. Now, by the kindness of a UK photographer, I am able to show a few detailed shots of the machine now on sale. For greater quality try Flicker which reveals all the series.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS POSTING BY KINDNESS AND PERMISSION OF MARTIN LANGFORD.






Yet another Book Review. James Ravilious.

It would appear that only books I like -a lot- are reviewed here, but I hasten to say that there is no trade influence in my choice of reading.  If I waste some valuable time reading a book I do not like then it will not appear here and may well appear in the local paper recycling.

This is a book I have long awaited , the Author spoke at a Leica gathering a year or two ago and her subject is one of  the most interesting photographers of the last century in British Leica circles, linked as he is with the great Edwin Smith and being the son of Eric Ravilious. To me as a collector of  The Saturday Book, Leica cameras,  Photographic work of Edwin Smith, and the writing of Olive Cooke it is a 'must have' It is a bit early in this Blog for references but a superb background of the times, and far better than I can attempt, is at  http://the-golden-fleece.co.uk which provides a superb overview of the subjects early context.

For many years we have had  books of Devon photographs based upon the farms and farmers of this home area. They include some that have become world famous through postcards and greetings cards but real personal detail in a logical form has been lacking. This latest publication corrects that and coming as it does from his wife the source could hardly be more appropriate.

We are taken from the earliest days of James' memory of his father departing to Iceland, never to return, the loss of his mother at a young age, his own subsequent ill health, and his gentle approach to life and work. A vast talent cut short.

Title: James Ravilious  A Life.  By Robin Ravilious  Wilmington Square Books - An Imprint of Bitter Lemon Press. London 2017. ISBN 978-1-908524-942  248 pp. many monochrome illustrations and Index.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Further notes on the Focomat lamphouse

In a previous Blog- Wednesday 26th July 2017 titled 'Thoughts on the First VALOY enlarger' I wrote at some length on the need for electrical safety which seemed lacking in the early days.

I have now been able to disect a late Focomat lamphouse in detail. This is one of the last Colour models which had signs of the modern age with a magnification indicator lit from within by a gas filled bulb (of a type that has not been seen recently). I think a 'fridge LED will fit as long as the final figures are lit in red by a gel filter, but the gas bulb is still live.In fact there is little need for this in the intended Black and White use that I plan.

The lamphouse is of a degree of sophistication not seen in past Leitz heads. It can be taken apart by a series of fine screw threads and the three spring fittings that locate the bulb have captive springs and are a perfect and logical development of the past designs that had faults in the service department. The wiring is three core with a lead to an earth screw fitting within the lampholder. All the wiring seems to show a continuity of earth with a separate earth wire to the screw on the column. They have really tried on this one.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

A Happy Christmas to all our Circle 6 friends and followers

Happy Christmas everybody!  As a special Christmas Day posting I have added a picture of the gift received from my son Rupert. who has made a tremendous selection of family themed decorated cookies for us.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The First Leica of Christmas has appeared

Christmas is a time of goodwill toward men, and what better gesture of goodwill toward your Leica mad man than a giant model Leica for the festive hall- and investment.

True to past years, several have appeared in the press and in particular the colour advertisement in Country Life  of  November 29th shows several  fine specimens including a tantalising glimpse of a Leica 250, and as a first for this year a Summar or Summitar lens.
You may find it easier to move house in order to accommodate the classic Nikon but that lens looks very lifelike. Happy Shopping!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

More of Reece Winstone-Bristol and Somerset-Vanishing Lives

Recent mention of Reece Winstone on this Blog has reminded me that a further book of his work is readily available-quite apart from his many compilations of historical work regarding the Bristol scene.

The new acquisition is titled  Bristol & Somerset- Vanishing Lives, compiled by John Winstone, which covers the 'lost' trades and scenes of the area during and after the last war. To me this book is a nostalgic revelation of the Bristol I recall when Naval vessels and Cargo ships were able to access the then City Centre and submarines were moored alongside the shops and churches. Sadly, this was made possible by combinations of bridge opening, traffic hold ups, and lock gates-all anathema to 'planners' and no longer physically possible. In the General Hospital boatloads of sand were moored under the windows, which certainly took one's mind off the loss of tonsils also involved, and dock trains ran below the wards.

The pictures cover the years between 1930's and the 1960's with lost scenes of town and country taken in the Reece Winstone style which always involved exceptional use of natural lighting. Comprehensive notes are included both on the pictures and the photographer but the emphasis is more on the historic scenes recorded than on West of England photography which was dealt with so well in the last of his books noted in this Blog.

The book is published by  Reece Winstone Archive under ISBN 978-0-900814-77-8 in horizontal format size 270mm x 210mm and is available by contacting  www.reecewinstonearchive

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Back to my own efforts-new shots

Taken with a Leica R4s and 50mm Summicron on Rollei RPX 25 film. Developed
in FX-39 liquid at makers time and standard dilution -  the time which needs cutting down This figure is at the Gortmore Viewpoint  on  'Bishops Road' above Loch Foyle in Northern Ireland.



Purton Hulks on the banks of the Severn. I regret a rather familiar subject that has attracted several photographers but was the subject of an afternoon walk with friends as quite close to us.For these  I used a Leica 111f with a 50mm Summitar f2 lens - coated- on T-Max 400 in D75 1:1.

This is another shot of the above barge which is a record of the two 12 inch nails used to attempt to hold the crack on the timber at top right. Same camera used.



Deal Pier in Kent. A cloudy day at the seaside. Leica 111f  with 35mm lens Kodak T-Max 400 in D76 1:1



A late afternoon at the one time  Broad street railway site adjacent to Liverpool Street,London.Taken on a leica 111f camera with a f2.0 Summitar (Coated) As in meny cases D76 1;1 to develop Kodak T-Max 400

 
Evening scene in Alaior,Menorca, in June 2016 using a Leica R4s and 50mm Summicron  Lens, Film was Rollei RPX 25 in FX-39.



And more of Alaior, one of my favourite hunting grounds for long light scenes,  as it is exposed on a hill circled by lanes.Same Leica R4s as in last shot above with Rollei film in FX-39. Please click on any shot to enlarge on a black background.



And here is the Church Entrance in Alaior-


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Books you should read- even from an Ikonta user!

The short book review which follows relates to a publication of great interest to me and which would I feel interest many film camera users.

                                                         The title is-


                               'Reece Winstone   Rambles in the Darkroom'

                                By  John Winstone.ISBN0900814 73X    1994

                                Pub: Reece Winstone Archive and Publishing


The name of Reece Winstone will be familiar to many in the West of England through his collections of historic photographs of the Bristol area dating to the dawn of Photography. Now highly collectable, these cover some 200 years in about 37 volumes. In addition  publications by his family take this to 44 editions. His name appears in almost every magazine one picks up from  club reports of the 1930's onwards.

As the book makes clear Mr Winstone had a distinguished career as a freelance photographer and as a prime mover in the formation of Photographic Clubs in the Bristol  and South West area which led to  the  Western Counties Photographic Federation  of 1932, established while he was but young . At that time the line between Amateur and Professional in Club circles was, it seems. rather more relaxed than today. Throughout his life he actively promoted Photography and the preservation of the Bristol of past years which had suffered badly in the Blitz, and far, far, more up until his passing in recent years.

However, this book contains some really fine photographs of photojournalistic subjects, typical of his time, but possessing  a great attraction for the darkroom worker of today. By the way, a number of his fine prints appeared in circulating portfolios from the late 1920's - Join one today!

To me this is a far more attractive book of photographs than many which appear in full colour today, His Colour output was limited but examples are available from the Reece Winstone archive website. Get one and see for yourself. Other books available are also listed on the site which is at :- http://reecewinstone.co.uk/



*For a later publication of the work of Reece Winstone see my post of November 2017