The Photo Man
This is a photo series I made of an itinerant photographer whom we encountered in Plaza San Martin during our first trip to BA in 78’. I was intrigued by his home-made camera and darkroom combination and was impressed with its method of operation. Inside the box he had small trays of paper developing chemicals as well as a supply of photo paper. Inserting his had through the sleeve attached to the back of the box while looking through the small eye piece on the top (it was equipped with a red filter to prevent paper fogging), he would load a 3X5” piece of black and white photo paper behind the lens. After posing his subject and exposing the photo, he would re-insert his hand into the box and develop the photo paper to obtain a negative image. He then took the negative paper image from the box and mounted it on a small board that flipped up in front of the lens. With a second piece of paper inside the box mounted behind the lens, he re-photographed the negative and chemically developed it the same way as the first. It actually created a decent looking positive! He was very amicable to being photographed, especially after we paid him to take several photos of us. I always believe in supporting the local photographers. I still have the photos he made for us, but had to re-fix them when I got back to Asuncion because they started to fog. By the way, that’s Shelley modeling in one of the images. I’ll be curious to see if there is a newer version of the itinerant photographer in the Plaza this time.
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