Photographer's Note

Acropolis Photographer using a Paper-Negative Street Camera to take photos of visitors to the Acropolis. The camera has several compartments to store enlarging paper and trays with developer and stop bath/fixer.

The Process:
The photographer composes the photo then his hand enters the camera through a dark cloth sleeve. He removes a sheet of enlarging paper from a draw or side compartment, holds the sheet against a frame at the film plane and takes the photo. The sheet is them dropped into a tray of developer. A window with a red filter on the side of the camera laminates the inside while looking down a peep hole on top of the camera for developing and moving the sheet to and from the trays. The developed paper negative is put into a stop bath/fixer and removed his hand from the camera.

The stop bath/fixer tray is in a light tight draw which open from the outside of the camera. The Paper negative is removed from the tray and tray is closed and the paper is dropped into a small tank or bucket of water for a few seconds to wash off the excess fixer.

The Camera has a arm the raises up with a copy board in from of the lens. The lens is adjusted to the copy position, the negative is clipped into place and the photographer repeats the above process taking a photo of the paper negative. This creates a positive print.

The finished print is fixed for a minute or two, removed from camera, rinsed in a few different tanks of water, wiped with towel and then placed in a paper matte to frame the photo.

This is basically the process used by the Street and Itinerant photographers as described in the Intro.

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 photographs or information about these cameras or photographers.

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