Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Blowup technical consultant
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 15:14:10 -0400

apropos of that- didn't M. Antonioni do a film called "Zabriskie Point" that
had as its climax- ultimately, a "blowup" of a different sort!?
The message films of the late 60's and early 70's left me cold.... I much
preferred the classic Hammer Films of yore!
Dan  :o}~

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Rabiner <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 09, 1999 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Blowup technical consultant

> Dan Post wrote:
> >
> > Alas-
> > I saw "Blowup"- of course I had been into photography for about five
> ><snip>> like they use on the "X-Files"? Call anywhere, anytime even 300
> ><snip>. He used a Leica M2 and with a tripod, and using TechPan-
> > the town from a high spot. He had the 20x30 inch enlargement in his
> > almost totally grain free, and the lens actually resolved the telephone
> ><snip>
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Paul Chefurka <>
> ><snip>
> > > I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only adolescent whose view of
> > > photography was terminally warped by "Blowup" .  Even as a pro I had
> > > occasional daydreams that involved purple backdrop paper. My venture
> > > into the lifestyle resulted in more bill collectors than Rolls
> > > Corniches, however :-/
> > >
> > > Paul Chefurka
> The people behind the film Blowup (1966)
> Writing credits Julio Cortázar (story) and Michelangelo Antonioni
> were not interested in any input from any technical consultant.
> The mystical metaphorical process which is the core of the film is the
> blowing up of a small part of a negative, taking a photograph of a small
> part of that print, blowing that up, taking a photograph of a small part
> of that print, blowing that up.
> No one with the slightest knowledge or intuition of what an image is and
> how it's put there would ever go thought a process like that.
> As his floors were painted black anyway he would have dragged his
> enlarger out of his darkroom and projected the original negative to the
> wall on the other side of his studio onto a piece of photo paper. One
> step. Multiple generations are to be avoided at all costs. Solved the
> mystery. And we would have gone home having not finished our popcorn or
> seeing various soon to be celebrities take their clothes off.
> Vanessa Redgrave Jane
> Sarah Miles Patricia
> David Hemmings Thomas
> Jane Birkin The Blonde
> Gillian Hills The Brunette
> Veruschka von Lehndorff Herself
> Mark Rabiner (himself)