I spent two rainy, somewhat cold, humid days in Paris last week. Exhausted and dirty, I felt like a young hero from a Balzac novel: none of the nobility, all of the fervor. At least I wasn’t wearing Tevas and crew socks. (more…)
by Adam Hirsch
Last night, my hours of mindless surfing through Flickr paid off.
Here is a collection of photographs, shot on the streets of Paris in 1962, prominently featuring the legendary restaurant Les Halles. The color and saturation of these photos are unreal (which, wouldn’t you know, renders them extremely real and lifelike). In all likelihood, the photographer, Tom Palumbo, shot them on Kodachrome, which is being discontinued by Kodak this year.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about medium format film that captures an essence that digital can’t touch. (Yes, I know: the RED and Canon MARK IV are amazing. But still I miss the delay of dropping off your roll of film, waiting for it to be developed, and that sublime moment of discovery when you see what you’ve captured this time.)
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