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Photo set - A weekend in Bangkok

48h in Bangkok, Thaïland… It was back in India, on a Monday in February. We were just back from Malaysia, and not even two hours after arriving at work, already depressed by a long week ahead, we impulsively booked plane tickets to Thailand for the next weekend. A direct flight landing in Bangkok on Saturday […]

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Prints from India

Photo set - Printing India in the bathroom

Back to reality After the other weekend, and the gratifying experience I described in the previous post of printing in a professional darkroom, I was quite done with spending hours on my knees in my bathroom. However, considering the terrible weather, I decided to still give it a try, at least for a few prints. The first […]

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Workshop - Zorki 1: Story of a carbon copy

The Story Is it a Leica? Close enough. This is a Zorki 1 type e. This camera, produced between 1950 and 1956, was, at the very beginning, attempting to copy the Leica II in order to offer the Soviet people a cheap, reliable and luxurious camera. The intent to reproduce the Leica is evidenced by the first models […]

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Workshop - Family Connection on the Ilford Photo blog

I had the honor to be featured on the ILFORD Photo blog. I have been using their films, papers and chemicals for quite a long time, and I am glad to see they do have a strong presence online and on social media. I wish that every 137 years old company could benefit from such a strong […]

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Photo set - The flood

The past weekend, the Seine climbed to 6.1 m (20 ft), which is considered as the worst flood since 1982. As many Parisians, I walked along the flooded banks, looking down on the dirty waters cleaning the trees, the signs and the stairs. Even though it was clear in everybody’s mind that it was definitely […]

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Photo set - Normandy landings

Photos taken in April 2016 in Arromanches, Omaha beach and Bayeux, Normandy. Camera: Voigtlander Bessa R with Color-Skopar 35mm and Heliar 15mm lenses. Films: Ilford Delta 100 and Kodak Tmax 400, processed in Pyrocat HD

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Photo set - Mont Valier

A snowy adventure In 2015, I was explaining on this blog how I was always carrying my Minox 35 in my pocket, ready to capture the instant. In November, as the first snow was falling on the Pyrenees, I left Paris and went with my brother and a friend of mine to climb mount Valier. As […]

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Photo set - Musée d’Art Moderne

April comes around, and with it, its load of spring sun. People start going out and mixing up with all-weather tourists. Like cats, they sit in the sun and enjoy the pleasure of looking up and see a still pale but beautiful blue sky, instead of the usual uniform cement-like lid that rules Paris life nearly all […]

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Workshop - Balda Baldax

#1 A time machine camera 1930s, Germany. The economy is booming, and Dresden is an important European center for camera manufacturing. Since the 1850s, this eastern city easily became the German heart of photographic paper, and from then, of camera manufacturing. This remained until the 1990s. At that time, Welta, Balda and Certo offered a similar range of cameras: medium format […]

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