by Skip Cohen
It's Throwback Thursday, and fortunately for me, the day's fun is all about memories and not the quality of what's being shared. I recently found a sheet of contact prints, but I have no idea who has the original negatives. But, just the fact that the images were captured on Kodak 160 VC medium format film is in itself a great memory.
They were also shot with Hasselblad. There's a great story about one of our competitors back in the 80s. One of Hasselblad's signatures is the two notches on the left side of the print frame. Well another medium format camera company had a new product catalog or brochure with images printed full frame. What they missed was the photographer they hired shot the whole thing on Hasselblad! Notches were on all the images and they needed to scrap the piece and start over.
For ten years, thanks to Duncan MacNab in Bozeman, a couple dozen of us visited Yellowstone in the dead of winter for the annual snowmobile trip. And considering that I'm posting this while sitting outside in Florida during one of the hottest days of the year, it seems so appropriate.
The image at the top right is part of the Hasselblad team that year - Karen Hart, Bob Thompson, Bob Nunn, Al Zimmerman, and me. For those too young to remember film, these were on a page of twelve prints — my apology for the very tired scanner and the quality of the prints themselves. I have no idea where this sheet came from, and it's hardly been stored properly.
But that doesn't change the love I have every Thursday for the "hunt." So whether you share old images on your blog or social media pages or just enjoy the backstories you remember looking at them, take the time to do your own search.
Think about it - where would we be without imaging?
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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