How the 78-year camera came into my possession is a mystery. That it is still able to produce memorable portraits is a much greater one.
Accompanied by the delightfully titled Compur-Rapid camera, our trusty tripod, an analog light meter, a benevolent chair and a studio provided by Mother Nature, the employees of our advertising agency, MOSAK Advertising & Insights, experienced portrait photography before the age of electronic sensors, battery packs, sharing and red-eye correction.
Imagine our surprise to see that the ageless camera could not only still make images, it could make magic. Apparently, there are some advantages to not being reliant on electrical components.
Perhaps the novelty of having your portrait captured circa 1935, plus the lengthy exposures required, may have spawned the mostly serious expressions of these subjects.
A curious, timeworn camera reminds us that our fascination with portraits never gets old.