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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    Enjoyed reading many of her pages today. Thanks Oren. Time moves on.
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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Time moves on.
    Yeah... < sigh >

    I love the stories, and the way she can take such a Very Serious Camera and be so informal and even flat-out goofy with it.

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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    In yesterday's New York Times, an article on Ms. Dorfman's career and retirement...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/ar...ment.html?_r=0
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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    At the risk of submitting an arcane question, does anyone know if the 20X24 camera Elsa used was built by Ron Wisner or Polaroid? I know Wisner built a few 20X24 inch cameras and was involved in building the polaroid backs for these cameras. It is just that in my little Facebook circle, people are talking about Elsa and so I was wondering if anyone knew for sure. Thanks for any info.

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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    I believe the original 20x24 Polaroid cameras were made in-house by Polaroid. However, according to Tracy Storer at:

    http://www.mammothcamera.com/thecamera.html

    "From 2001 - 2006 or so Wisner Mfg. offered for sale a Polaroid back and processor for use with their 20x24 field camera. 20x24 Holdings uses one of these systems for testing film in their Lab today.

    In late 2008, Mammoth Camera Company received a commission to build an all-new "all-in-one" 20x24 camera for Polaroid film, completed in May 2009.

    Summer 2015, Mammoth Camera completed a new cameras for 20x24 Holdings, and is nearing completion of another new camera to launch "20x24 Europe".
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    Perhaps Tracy will chime in with more information...
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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    The camera Elsa has used for years is one of the originals built by Polaroid.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    I believe the original 20x24 Polaroid cameras were made in-house by Polaroid. However, according to Tracy Storer at:

    http://www.mammothcamera.com/thecamera.html

    "From 2001 - 2006 or so Wisner Mfg. offered for sale a Polaroid back and processor for use with their 20x24 field camera. 20x24 Holdings uses one of these systems for testing film in their Lab today.

    In late 2008, Mammoth Camera Company received a commission to build an all-new "all-in-one" 20x24 camera for Polaroid film, completed in May 2009.

    Summer 2015, Mammoth Camera completed a new cameras for 20x24 Holdings, and is nearing completion of another new camera to launch "20x24 Europe".
    "

    Perhaps Tracy will chime in with more information...
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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    Thank you Mark and Tracy

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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
    The camera Elsa has used for years is one of the originals built by Polaroid.

    hi tracy

    there were 5 of them, right ?
    my old teacher ( seigfried h ) used to borrow one from time to time,
    and used to joke that he was going to have one of the kids in
    our class drive the van in NM so he could concentrate on making
    the photographs.
    i think he said there was one in nyc, one at the smfa, elsa had one
    there was one in SF and one in tokyo ... he had been using the smfa camera for
    a for a series done in caves with flashlights ..
    i could be completely wrong about how many cameras and where they were ..

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    Re: Elsa Dorfman is retiring

    I don't think the camera ever went to NM to work with Siegfried, almost certainly not in a cave. I am pretty sure he did work with the camera in studio at SMFA(School of the Museum of Fine Arts) in Boston.
    I bumped into one of Siegfrieds former students in Rochester in July.
    Anybody ever in touch with Weston G. his former TA?

    Lots of movement on the original 5 cameras over the years.
    There was one in Tokyo between '83 and '86, which was the camera Elsa ended up having in her studio later.
    There was a camera in Germany that later went to Prague.
    There was one at SMFA later MassArt.
    The NYC studio obviously.
    One camera was given to Dr Land, which saw very little use.
    The camera I brought to San Francisco in '97 was a reworked prototype that predated the "official" 5.
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