|Marc Riboud's The Eiffel Tower Painter next to the not so famous Kodak Duaflex.|
My apologies to Milan Kundera, the author of the 1984 post modern novel... but it just seems fitting to borrow the title of his book.
Marc Riboud shot The Eiffel Tower Painter in 1953. While the camera next to Riboud's iconic photo was most likely not what Riboud used, the structure of the camera dovetails to the scaffolding where the painter is standing. The camera is the Kodak Duaflex, which is a 620 roll film pseudo TLR made by Kodak in the late 1940s and discontinued in 1960.
The camera is quite easy to operate. There are three settings for the aperture: hazy sun, bright sun and very bright sun. There are three settings for focusing: close-up, group and very far. The speed of the shutter is fully manual. In fact, it depends on how long you hold it. Hold it for a short time in case it is too bright. Hold it for long time in case it is dark. Any idiot can operate this camera.
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