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Here we see a Street Photographer (sometimes known as Itinerant Photographers) passing time while waiting for customers by reading the daily newspaper sitting on his portable backdrop. Note the black and white pull down shades. This is used mostly to take ID photos.

He is one of the many Street Photographers located in the Syntagma Square area of Athens. For more than 70 years similar photographers could be found in many parts of the world located at the popular tourist attractions and near Government centers.

They provided a service of making photographs while you waited. Many times in less than 10 minutes from start to finish. They use a camera that uses a paper negative and is complete with built-in darkroom. This is not the same paper negative process of Fox Talbot which waxed the paper to make it translucent. Here the photographer will rephotograph the paper negative to create a positive image. For a description of the process, see photo http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Greece/photo687369.htm

In the past 20 years, many of these photographers have begun to disappear due to the increased cost of photographic enlarging paper, the availability of photo chemicals, the reduced cost of Polaroid film, and the age of digital cameras and portable ink jet printers, and the increased competition from quick photo studios and photo booths.

My Dad, Thomas A. Vaughn, and myself have been collecting Street Cameras and information for over 40 years. We hope to document and preserve this lost form of photography with the hopes of publishing a book.

Please contact me if you have any questions or have photographs or information about these cameras or photographers.

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