Bill Jay Documentary

 

There’s a great documentary on the writer, photographer and curator Bill Jay, titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. Until this week is was only screened at selected venues, and those were primarily in the UK, but it’s now available on YouTube. I’m only part way through, as I usually am with most things right now, but I can really relate to many of the people in it and status of photography as it was then, in the 1970s in the UK, having started a serious interest in photography around 1972.

The Badlands, SD

I’m slowly working my way through processing the film from a recent short trip to the Badlands of South Dakota. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of visiting there.

 

These are scans from the film originals which were made on Ilford Delta 400 with the Rolleiflex 3.5F and the Mamiya 6 and processed in PMK Pyro. Eventually I’ll get in the darkroom to make gelatin-silver prints from them but I often find it easier and cheaper to scan the film and to edit them in Photoshop, just to give me an idea of how to print them.

 

 

 

 

Bill Taub, NASA photographer

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Bill Taub has died age 86. As senior photographer for NASA from 1958 to 1975 he photographed virtually all of their missions and astronauts from the start of the Mercury project through to the end of Apollo.

Growing up in the UK in the 1960s meant the space race and Apollo missions were a huge part of my life. In this photo, and looking way too cool for his own good, it shows him having a blood test as part of the quarantine procedure for Apollo 11, complete with the requisite short-sleeve white shirt, Ray-Bans, cigarette and a Leica. To a young boy, this was the face of NASA and what space exploration was about!