Friday, October 29, 2010
The Crown Graphic
I went to Photo Expo Plus today, at the Javits Center in Manhattan. It is a giant photo equipment show. I saw this dapper gentleman leaning against a wall chatting with someone, and was stopped in my tracks by his camera! It is a 4x5 Crown Graphic press camera, circa 1958. It is the camera I used in High School, and I used it to take the first picture I ever had published in a newspaper. It was a photo of a Milford High baseball player sliding home, and it was published in the Milford Citizen. Anyhow, I stopped to talk to this photographer and found that his name is Louis Mendes, and he has been a "street photographer" for over 40 years, going to events around New York to photograph people and sell them prints. He goes to graduations, and shortly he will be at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. It was so much fun talking to him and seeing this classic old camera. He is famous, by the way and has been featured in a story in the New York Times.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:41 PM