Recommended reading

💻 Maria Popova reminds us of Carl Jung’s excellent advice on how to conduct our lives: keep doing the next right thing. Read Carl Jung on How to Live

Monon Fitness Center
Yashica-D, Kodak E100G, 2014.

💻 In the 1920s, the KKK nearly bought a university in Indiana with the intention of operating it. Stephen Taylor tells the story on the Indiana History Blog. Read Ku Klux U: How the Klan Almost Bought a University

💻 George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life made his own bed through being unwilling to assert himself. So say Brett and Kate McKay in a well-written essay. Read George Bailey’s Life of Quiet, Seething, Unnecessary Desperation

📷 Did you know that Kodak Ektachrome E100 will last 80 years in your refrigerator? Dmitri offers up this and a bunch of other useful information in his comprehensive review of this film. Read Kodak Ektachrome E100 Slide Film Review

📷 I like little rangefinder cameras from the 1960s. arh found one with a built-in meter, the Voigtländer Vito CS. Now I want to try one! Despite its wonky rewind method, that is. Read Voigtländer Vito CS

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9 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    As a life long professional transparency film shooter, I can’t say enough about the last iteration of Ektachrome. I will say that we spent a lot of time with different versions of Ektachrome Kodak offered between when I started shooting it in the late 60’s until the end. Some were horrible, some OK. Much of those middle years it seemed like Kodak was changing the film to meet marketing requirements, and things the engineers wanted to do, rather than listening to photographers. This drove many photographers into the Fuji camp, and not for the “juiced” colors of “Velveeta” but for the decent blend of characteristics of their general professional transparency film.

    At one point, Kodak decided they were going to try and change Ektachome professional to emulate the closest reproduction available with the four color printing process, resulting in a flat and lifeless film, but “claiming” that an unknowledgeable client could see the original transparency look exactly like the finished magazine print; which it really didn’t. This drove even more photographers into the Fuji camp, including whole studios like I managed, where the photographers petitioned to quit using Ektachrome and change over the Fuji, which we did.

    When E-100 was finally introduced, we tested it and it was the best version of Ektachrome we had ever seen. Kodak style color and contrast like the 60’s film, and sharpness and consistency of a modern film! We changed back and I’ve used it ever since. I’ve shot E-100 on professional jobs even up until about 10 years ago, when I could still get local E-6 processing on a professional level, now no more in my area.

    BTW, professionals changed over to Ektachome when the “E” process started out, not because it was “easier” than Kodachrome, but because it could be done locally, and done same day, a boon for professionals, instead of having to send your film somewhere. At the end, it was a 90 minute dry-to-dry process, and I even worked at a studio one time in a building with a lab, so you could leave a difficult set-up in place until you saw the film!

  2. The story on the KKK almost purchasing Valpo was very interesting. Also, I went to high school with a friend who grew up in a house in Irvington next door to the house where Madge Oberholtzer lived who was murdered by DC Stevenson. All three houses are located on University Drive in Irvington. Last but not least, is the “Monon fitness center” photo a reincarnation of the Monon, Indiana railroad station on the former C I& L RR (The “Monon”)?

    • Have you ever read “Indiana: An Interpretation” by John Bartlow Martin? It tells the Stevenson story, among others. Recommended!

      The Monon Fitness place is in South Broad Ripple. Its a bbq joint today.

  3. Appreciate your insight here. The “Monon Fitness Center” may be one of the two former Monon stations in Broad Ripple…I know the Indy Greenways had an office in one of them; I saw Ray Irvin there a couple of times.

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