From The Archives, Circa 1981: Pressmen

Photo copyright © 2020 by Gerry O’Brien

I haven’t done much new photography during the pandemic, so I recently started scanning old 35mm slides and negatives from my archives. These photos were taken from the late 1970s through 1996, when I switched to digital cameras. I haven’t seen most of these images since I shot them, decades ago.

These were taken with an Olympus OM-1N camera (  and a 50mm 1.4 lens. I generally shot Kodachrome 25 and 64, or Plus-X, Tri-X and Agfa Superpan film. Photoshop has enabled me to restore most of the better shots; there are lots of scratches and dust. Some of the slides and negatives need a lot of work.

I don’t miss film at all; digital is easier to use, faster to access your images with, and is much better in low light. Plus, software can mimic any film stock ever made. And don’t get me started on yesterday’s manual focus cameras — Photoshop and high pass sharpening can do only so much when your manual focus was as bad as mine.

I’ll post images From The Archives about once a week while they last. I hope you enjoy them. And I look forward to civilization returning to normal so I can start shooting on a regular basis again.

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