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Subject: [Leica] Film story Leica Copy Story Russia 1993
From: mak at (Mark Kronquist)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:01:58 -0700
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In 1993, I was in Moscow when Yeltsin dissolved parliament and there was 
great unrest (tanes AK74WASRs, etc) shot many photos with Feds and Zorkis as 
was not kosher to look western where the unrest was. Went to GUM purchased 
all the TACMA ISO 64 B&W they had. Insisted the poor guy sell me all his 
cassettes (at the time film was spooled and wrapped with foil and inserted 
in the outer shell. Which was reused  no time to do that with tanks) 
Purchased developer and fixer used vitamin C as stop as was unsure of water 
pH)......loaded shot great pix developed and dried in hotel Cosmos room. 
Rolled negs tightly, hollowed out insoles put negs in insoles (was unsure 
who was going to come out on top) Out through Warsaw then Amsterdam into US 
at MSP. 

Got pulled aside.

Got escorted to little room by a polite but very firm woman

I was unsure why. Two armed men joined her.

They pulled out my shoes and asked if I wanted an attorney present. I said 

I am sure they were expecting the idiot of the week smuggling cigar size 
joints in his insoles for heaven's sake...

The disappointment on their faces was priceless as they pulled out a dozen 
rolls of tightly round film...

They looked at it (last ditch hope for porn? who knows)

Asked me to confirm where I had been (look dude you have my passport check 
the stamps)

Need to dig those out and print them

Mark in PDX

On Aug 25, 2011, at 10:34 PM, Richard Man wrote:

> I read a story of, I think, Magaret Bourke-White that she took truckload of
> film and developer when she was shooting in Russia and developed the film 
> in
> the hotel rooms.
> But this got that beat:
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> // richard <>
> // icc blog: <>
> // richard's personal photo blog: <>
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