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Hasselblad Days...

By Scottishlandscapes  
Just spent a half hour retouching this famous image from the Daily Record when we all got Hasselblads, the picture was taken by the then Picture Editor Martin Gilfeather.
Another from my memory box from 47 years in newspaper photography.
You may never see this many Blads together at one time.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 10:59AM
Whoah!!!a fair bit of brass there then......unbelievable!
Have you still got yours?
I wanted one till I found out the costs
Which one is you
I am going for the handsome one in the front. Wink

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26 Feb 2014 11:09AM
the wee chubby one top right, this was 50 years ago remember.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
26 Feb 2014 11:33AM
You even needed a shoulder to lean on in those days.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 12:01PM

Quote:You may never see this many Blads together at one time.

Well I certainly never have, especially when so many have motor drives attached.
My father had one, but only briefly, around 1960. He preferred his 3.5 Rolleiflex, swapped the Blad for a wide-angle Rollei.
Haven't seen a press photographer wearing a tie for yonks.
Those were the days.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Feb 2014 12:16PM
I am just an old romantic fool Dougie.
I thought all you ''old timers'' used Speed Graphics for your press work !!
I do believe that would have just been in the States though.
I recall 50 years ago my father had a Halina camera.
He developed his own black and white film in his darkroom.
Colour film was a bit of ''new technology'' at the time.
I thought he would need a new camera to use colour film as I thought the Halina would only take in black and white !!
Not so stupid today I suppose with that Leica M that only takes mono shots !!
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
26 Feb 2014 12:32PM
A wonderful memory captured for all time. Some proud boys there.
26 Feb 2014 12:38PM
Mick, the plate cameras were just going out of fashion as I joined the business. MPPs and VNs were the more common plate camera here, Speed Graphics were more expensive, we had a VN with a wooden bellows, a home made refinement and there was a string shutter as I recall???
26 Feb 2014 12:59PM
Quiff and sideburns, Dougie... you racy fellow.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 1:15PM
What a fabulous bunch of characters, all of course vying for the camera's attention.
Our local press photographer favours frayed jeans and a Yasser Arafat - style scarf. For all occasions. He is actually old enough to have grown up by now...
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 1:39PM
Brilliant.... I have spent a good while looking at this, everyone looks so jollyGrinGrinGrin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
26 Feb 2014 2:00PM
A totally unique shot Dougie Smile
Richsr 10 91 223 England
26 Feb 2014 2:06PM
Certainly a good memory image to he Dougie. How many of your fellow photographers are still shooting images?
certainly a lot of money in everyone hands in this image
Regards Richard
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
26 Feb 2014 2:45PM
so common WinkGrin
Niknut Plus
8 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 4:31PM
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!.....few quids' worth there !!......lovely old shot !!
26 Feb 2014 5:41PM
Blady hell.

dudler Plus
14 683 1290 England
26 Feb 2014 5:43PM
AS I recall, this was befroe I graduated from a Box Brownie to an Instamatic 100...

I do now have a 'Blad, as they are both proportionately and absolutely a lot cheaper than they were. It might even be one of the ones from this shot - though i rather doubt it, as it doesn't seem very worn!
Richard:: quite a few are still shooting some like me are retired and very sadly 8 out of this crew have gone to the big darkroom in the sky. They are missed and are spoken about quite often, every one had their own stories.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 525 England
26 Feb 2014 7:28PM
A shot like this just wouldn't work well with today's photographers (if you'd ever get a large pool of press photographers working for a paper these days) as the 'blad was distinctive.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 8:10PM
A superb record Dougie - I love those smiley faces. It looks as if you all enjoyed your work... What a joy to view this! Smile Thanks for bringing it to us all.
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 8:58PM
A fascinating portrait, Dougie. They all look as if they were genuinely happy with their lot. The chap in the centre with white hair and glasses looks very familiar, for some reason.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 9:41PM
I have never seen a Blad full stopBlush great picture from your memory box Dougie
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 10:46PM
happy memories dougie Wink
26 Feb 2014 11:32PM
Thanks for all your very kind comments about this photograph, it was a little bit of history as we moved into the colour era in newspaper production. There was no looking at the back of the camera when you took a photograph, it was back to the office and an hour's wait till the transparency film was processed. If you were unlucky somebody came out of the studio and 20 rolls of film was in the machine in front of yours.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
27 Feb 2014 8:01PM
Hard to get a picture these days with that many digital Hasselblads

These were film cameras back in the 1960's Peter.
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 8:32AM
I bet this lot could tell a tale or two Dougie. Looks like a great bunch of characters.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 3:50PM
Oh aye... days gone by... I got my first camera in 1969 - an Agfa Optima - and I was sooooooooo proud! Had it till 1980, till I left Rumania.
Nice memories,

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