Video Features: The stories behind iconic images and cameras

30 November 2018

SIG: Analogue

This update brings you an inventive Hasselblad attachment, the world’s largest Polaroid camera and the interesting story behind an iconic Ansel Adams image.


The Original Large Format Polaroid

During its original production, Polaroid created seven 20x24-inch instant cameras. Today six of them are known to still exist with one located at Supersense - a cafe and store in Vienna. The camera is similar to a traditional large format camera, with an exterior ‘chemistry pod’ where the polaroid is rolled through a processor before peeling apart to reveal the colour image. YouTube channel Analog Things visited the store in Vienna to give the camera a go. 




Transforming medium format to a panoramic

Hasselblads are notoriously expensive but covetable, which is why film photographer Casey Cavanaugh decided to forgo the expense and build his own. The Xpan, Hasselblad's first foray into 35mm, captures panoramic images, and that’s exactly what Cavanaugh wanted to recreate. Naming it the GX-Pan, Cavanaugh morphed his 500C/M medium format Hasselblad into a panoramic camera by creating a custom adapter to fit his anamorphic lens to the front, which transforms the 6x6 negative into a stretchable panorama. This video explains how the process works:




What you didn’t know about Moonrise, Hernandez

Ansel Adams is arguably one of the most famous photographers in history, particularly in landscape photography, so it is perhaps no surprise that the stories behind the making of his images continue to fascinate today. The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park recently produced a 4-minute video exploring the making of one of his most famous prints; Moonrise, Hernandez including how Adams had to think creatively after realising he couldn’t find his light meter. 







- Amy-Fern Nuttall  



Image copyright © Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez