Re: contact printing

From: Sam Wells (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 10 2006 - 15:39:05 PST

> You can also use a Bolex as a contact printer. If you
> spool the original up with some raw stock, point the
> camera towards a very bright lite, it makes a contact
> print.

In the Ho Chi Minh City Museum in Vietnam there's an exhibit of just
this which I saw - made by someone with an NLF ("Viet Cong")
photographic unit.

The Bolex (very old springwound non-reflex) itself ran the print stock,
one100' internal load at a time; the original to be printed spooled off
a reel and into a slot on top of the camera. Another slot made in the
bottom of the Bolex, and a spinning wheel and a bench for one (yes like
as used for silk) constituted the takeup section

The light source was a carbide lamp !

They really used this (I've seen footage of it in use).


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