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Retro Photo

An Obsession: A Personal Selection of Vintage Cameras and the Photographs They Take

David Ellwand, David Ellwand (Illustrator)


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With exquisite original photos and boundless enthusiasm, David Ellwand offers a love song to film photography and the vintage cameras that capture it.

From the pinhole to the Pentax, Retro Photo: An Obsession is a visual journey through the history of photography, highlighting some of the iconic cameras of the analog era. Appealing to those new to film photography as well as the seasoned professional wanting to explore new avenues, this beautiful keepsake volume showcases more than one hundred cameras from the collection of photographer and author David Ellwand, along with photographs he has taken with them. At once an accessible guide to vintage cameras, a highly personal take on photographic history, and a celebration of classic design, here is a book that takes the fear out of old-style photography and puts the fun back in.

Praise For Retro Photo: An Obsession: A Personal Selection of Vintage Cameras and the Photographs They Take

In this visually stunning book on vintage cameras, photographer Ellwand, who is also well known as a children’s book author, provides a highly personal history and celebration of camera design...Ellwand provides an enthusiastic, idiosyncratic look at photography’s vintage history, enhanced with gorgeous and charming images documenting both elegant camera design and a photographer’s talented eye.
—Publishers Weekly

From the double lens to the pinhole camera, the approaches to capturing light on film are breathtaking. Retro Photo is a visual delight.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers

Candlewick Studio, 9780763692506, 212pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

About the Author

David Ellwand, creator of Fairie-ality and co-creator with Ruth Ellwand of The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher, has been a photographer for more than thirty years and is the author-illustrator of more than twenty books for children. A keen collector of vintage and secondhand photographic equipment, he continues to work with traditional darkroom methods as well as the latest digital technology. He lives in England.