Highlights of historic camera collection before auctioned off


Photos by Bas Slabbers
November 18, 2011

An impressive collection of more than 350 old cameras will be put up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Fuller’s Fine Art Auctions in Philadelphia, PA.

Collection highlights are the “Worlds fastest Lens”, the first motorized camera and a custom build Leica ‘Reporter’ for NFL Films.

The cameras were collected by Edward Kaprelian (1913-1997), who after WWII became an expert on camera and lens technology. In May 1945, the U.S. Army seized more than 2,000 Carl Zeiss lenses from Germany as “war reparations” and turned them over to Kaprelian, who was then serving as Chief of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Engineering Labs in Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Kaprelian went on to become an avid collector of photographic equipment and materials during his lifetime and amassed a large collection of important cameras spanning the history of photography.

 


A selection of photos from this collection are published with the Nov 18, 2011 article by Alan Tu: “Vintage cameras to be auctioned off Saturday by Mt. Airy auction house” – You can read the full article on WHYY’s NewsWorks.org

Top Shots of 2011 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival

 

“We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks). See expanded caption below.

We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m.

I was on the lookout for people with character. I saw this woman standing out of the crowd in front of the OARC stage on day 1. On stage the Rising Star talent search was going on. With tattoos covering her crossed arms, this woman was enjoying every second of Charissa the Violin Diva’s performance. Through the years I have learned that an image capturing the moment often happens off-stage rather than on-stage – a festival is about it’s attendants rather that the performers.

The photo itself is inspired by the ‘Phenomenal Woman’ photo (http://iphi.posterous.com/?tag=phenomenalwoman) by my wife and creative partner Jana Shea from a photo she took with her iPhone on Germantown Avenue earlier this year.

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Manayunk Wall Bike Race


TD Bank International Cycling Championship, Philadelphia PA, USA – June 5th 2011;

Slideshow with all 650 images shot this day and ‘freeze-framed’ for a second on the selected best images.

Besides an unique race-perspective this 4 minute video gives an unique insight in how work as a photographer. What subjects do I focus on, how do I frame and what images do I have to take to get to the final images that made it into the final story as a photo-essay part of the story “Rasmussen sprints to victory…” published by WHYY’s NewsWorks.org
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