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December 15, 1996

Harold E. Edgerton Photography Exhibition

 

A Gallery For Fine Photography, presents

 

Stopping Time,

the original photographs of

Dr. Harold E. Edgerton

 

Harold E. Edgerton (1903, Fremont, Nebrasca – 1990, Boston), professor at MIT, is the inventor of the electronic flash. He was also a photographer. Harold Edgerton devoted his career to recording what the unaided eye cannot see. His photographs illustrate such moments as: a bullet seen the instant it explodes through an apple or a perfect coronet formed by a milk-drop splash. These photographs have become classics of modern art and science.

Dr. Harold Edgerton was the first to take high-speed color photographs and was a pioneer of multiflash and microsecond imagery, which he used to take detailed photographs of humming birds in motion, as well as the progression of athletes' movements. These wondrous images have shown nobody was never able to see before in photographs that are as remarkable for their precision as for their beauty.

December 26, 1996 - January 31, 1997

 

A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY

322 Royal Street

New Orleans, LA 70117

www.agallery.com

December 11, 1996

Live Picture' Internet Imaging Solution for Web Site

HP and Live Picture deliver solution for viewing and printing high quality digital images at image.hp.com Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Live Picture Inc. (LPI) announces the arrival of the Imaging for Internet Web site, a solution designed to demonstrate how viewing, sharing and printing high-resolution images from the Internet can be fast and easy. The site allows content developers, individuals and businesses to display photo-rich content, such as clothing catalogs, famous photographs, news magazines and more. It also enables users to download the Imaging for Internet technology, allowing them to easily view, send and print digital photos from the Internet. "We believe the Imaging for Internet solution will create new business opportunities for companies - allowing content such as catalogs, brochures, stock imagery, real-estate and personal photography to be easily shared over the Internet," said Blake Miller, HP Internet Hardcopy Manager. "Our goal is to work with individuals, businesses and content developers to grow the site into a popular consumer resource." The web page includes content samples from early Imaging for Internet developers, including: - Corbis Corporation Photo Collection - selections from the Corbis Digital Archive, which features more than 1 million images from award-winning photographers, museums and private collectors worldwide. - Bullock & Jones Catalog - content from recent men's clothing catalogs (with links to the respective Web sites for ordering information). Users can zoom in to view merchandise in fine detail before ordering. - U.S. Geological Survey - digital aerial photos of San Francisco - comparing 1946 and 1993 images of the city's landscapes. The Imaging for Internet solution, originally unveiled at the Seybold Conference & Exposition in September 1996, is part of an ongoing HP commitment to make Internet printing simple and easy. Most Internet protocols are not conducive to printing because the Internet was designed with viewing, not printing in mind. HP is working with industry partners Microsoft and Netscape to fix some of the fundamental Internet printing problems, including page formatting and font printing. The Imaging for Internet Web page is currently in public beta version with the first product release scheduled for early 1997. "The beta phase allows HP and LPI to expose content developers and consumers to the performance breakthroughs of this new imaging technology," said Miller. "Based on the feedback we receive, we will grow the site to include more image-rich content and links to interesting sites." Most images on the Web today are available in file formats (typically GIF or JPEG) that have limited resolutions. These images may appear acceptable on the monitor, but often appear lackluster and murky when printed. Often, even when higher-resolution images are available, they can take a very long time to display or print. This slowness and poor print quality has deterred users from downloading and printing Web-based images. The Imaging for Internet solution uses Flashpix, the award-winning photo-imaging file format and imaging architecture co-developed by Eastman Kodak, HP, LPI and Microsoft announced at 1996 COMDEX Spring. Flashpix enables Imaging for Internet digital images to be viewed and printed at high resolution with minimal impact on downloading time. "Live Picture is dedicated to providing Internet users with high-quality imaging solutions," said John Sculley, president and CEO of Live Picture, Inc. "The Imaging for Internet solution extends the benefits of the rich Flashpix technology we developed with HP, Kodak and Microsoft. We expect that this solution will revolutionize the way in which both consumers and professionals use imaging on the Internet." The new Internet Imaging protocol, a collaboration between HP, Kodak, LPI, Microsoft and Netscape, enables the fast, easy transmission of on-line images by allowing developers to integrate Flashpix technology into their network solutions. An Open System for Content Developers: The Imaging for Internet solution, based on open technologies, provides a solid architectural basis for a new, emerging class of commercial image applications. HP and LPI expect to provide developer information for the Imaging for Internet solution in early 1997, including the following: - a specific "developer tools" support section on the Imaging for Internet Web site to provide technical information and answer developer questions through a "chat" feature - a software developer kit containing technical information needed to write to the Imaging for Internet solution. The Imaging for Internet solution consists of both client and server software components and the new Internet Imaging protocol. Together, these technologies allow Internet users to view images quickly and print using the full resolution of their printer. The client software consists of a plug-in module that works with leading Internet browsers and an image gallery that allows users to view, print, store and return to images on the Web. For example, family members could upload pictures to the Internet via a family Web site, and another family member across the country could download the same image and print it - all at photo-quality resolution. The server module is designed for use by both commercial Internet provider and in-house Intranets. This module comes in two types: a Common Gateway Interface module that can be installed in any HTTP Web server and a Netscape API (NSAPI module), which is designed to provide better performance under Netscape software. HP will hold live demonstrations of the Imaging for Internet solution during the Internet World conference in New York.

October 31, 1996

Mamiya 645 Series 200mm f/2.8 APO Lens

New Mamiya 645 Series 200mm f/2.8 APO Lens 

Mamiya announces its latest addition to the 645 APO lens Series, the new 200mm f/2.8 APO High Speed Telephoto. With the use of ultra-low dispersion glass, the 200mm f/2.8 APO achieves fully corrected color reproduction, high resolution and high speed performance. Optical distortion ratio is only 0.24%. The new high speed telephoto is ideal for sports, photojournalists, fashion and advertising photography. 

Mamiya 200mm f/2.8 APO Lens Specifications 
Optical Construction: 7 elements in 5 groups
Angle of View: 20°
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Diaphragm: Automatic
Focusing: Helicoid
Minimum Focusing Distance: 8 feet = 2.44m
Maximum Magnification Ratio: 0.098 X
Area Covered: 23.2 x 17.2 inches = 589.5mm x 436.8mm
Equivalent Focal Length to 35mm: 124mm
Filter Size: 77mm
Hood: Built-in plus Extension Hood
Dimension (L x W): 5.7 x 3.6 inches = 143.5mm x 91mm
Weight: 38.8 oz. = 1,100g

October 30, 1996

Mamiya Aluminum Compartment Cases

New Mamiya Aluminum Compartment Cases

Mamiya announces three new compartment cases for all Mamiya medium format cameras. The cases feature fully adjustable urethane covered dividers, plastic protected exterior comers, and attractive styling with golden beige aluminum exterior finish. The interior top foam removes to allow access to accessory pockets. Includes carry strap and adjustable dividers. Ideal for carrying and storage of Mamiya equipment. 

Mamiya Compartment Cases Specifications

Mamiya Aluminum Case KM705
Outer dimension: 18 x 13.5 x 6.3 inches = W460 x D344 x H160mm
Inner dimension: 17.3 x 12.8 x4.3 inches = W440 x D325 x H110mm
Weight: 8.1 Lbs. = 3.7kg 

Mamiya Aluminum Case KM706
Outer dimension: 19.8 x14.6 x 7.2 inches = W502 x D371 x H183mm
Inner dimension: 18.5 x 13.8 x 4.5 inches = W470 x D350 x H115mm
Weight; 10.8 Lbs. = 4.9kg 

Mamiya Aluminum Case KM707
Outer dimension: 24.2 x 14.6 x 7.2 inches = W615 x D371 x H183mm
Inner dimension: 22.8 x 13.8 x 4.5 inches = W580 x D350 x H115mm
Weight: 12.6 Lbs. = 5.7kg

October 29, 1996

Mamiya Quick Shoe Tripod Adapter AQ701

Mamiya Quick Shoe Tripod Adapter AQ701 

Mamiya introduces a new Quick Shoe tripod mount for Mamiya RZ and 645 series cameras. It allows fast and secure attachment and removal of camera from any tripod head. The RZ adapter plate features anti-rotation pins matched to Mamiya RZ, RB, 645 and twin lens camera bottoms. Utilizes standard 1/4" tripod socket.

September 20, 1996

Agnes Mongan (1905-1996)

 

AGNES MONGAN, IN MEMORIAM

 

Agnes Mongan, a pioneer in the study of drawings and curator emerita of drawings at the Fogg , and the first female director of the Fogg Art Museum, died on Sunday, September 15, at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was 91 and a resident of Cambridge.

During her extraordinary career which spanned six decades, Agnes Mongan had a profound influence on her peers and colleagues, as well as on generations of fine arts students, many of whom went on to become curators in major national museums.

"Agnes Mongan was one of those individuals whose rare qualities and values embody the deepest purposes of an institution," Neil Rudenstine, President of Harvard University, said in a statement. "She was inimitable. She was the soul of intellectual scrupulousness, with the most penetrating sense of absolute standards. She was, in addition, a sympathetic spirit -- gracious, encouraging, and generous. She fixed her keen eye on works of art as objects to be understood in all their detail -- as well as in terms of their vital human and aesthetic effects. She was a scholar, curator, director, connoisseur, teacher, counselor and friend to countless people over the course of many decades in the life of the Fogg Art Museum, the Department of Fine Arts, and the University. We already feel her loss as profoundly as we were -- for so long -- aware of her vital presence."

James Cuno, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums, said in a statement, "Agnes was that rare individual who could combine a high regard for tradition with a love of the new and the exciting. An acknowledged expert on old master drawings and a friend of the new art of her time, especially that of Alexander Calder and Virgil Thompson, she was, in a way, not unlike the work of the artist she most admired and for her scholarly work is best known, the French painter and draughtsman, Jean-August-Dominique Ingres. Like Ingres's work, she offered us a twist on the traditional that was, in the end, more modern than old fashioned. She was, in her tastes, habits, and courage, in no way conventional."

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1905, Agnes Mongan knew at an early age that she loved works of art and that she longed to know more about them. Mongan's father, a family doctor, was determined that she receive the finest education possible and sent her to Bryn Mawr College, where she studied art history and English literature. Upon Agnes' graduation from Bryn Mawr in 1927, Dr. Mongan insisted that she, like his other children, spend a year abroad. Agnes chose to spend her year studying Italian art with a Smith College Seminar; her studies took her to Florence and Paris, and then to points beyond in Northern Italy and Central Europe, affording her opportunities to examine closely works of art in the original, with a particular emphasis not only on their history, but also on their present condition.

Following this remarkable year abroad, Mongan returned to Cambridge where she completed the requirements to receive her Master's Degree from Smith College. In 1929, she also accepted her first position at the Fogg Art Museum as a research assistant under Paul Sachs, cataloguing his collection of drawings. Indeed, Mongan has stated that she owes the development of her career and interest in drawings primarily to Sachs, a 1900 graduate of Harvard College, former banker, and longtime associate director of the Fogg Museum. Under Sachs' supervision, Mongan developed a network of professional and social contacts during her early years at the Fogg and she was granted access to some of the most important private collections in the world. In the following decades, Agnes Mongan became one of the leading connoisseurs of Old Master drawings, and she went on to play a principal role in the history of connoisseurship in this country.

In the 1930s the Fogg collection contained more drawings from France than from any other country, and, perhaps as a result, Mongan's interest in French drawings flourished. Mongan devoted herself to the writing of the catalogue Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art throughout the '30s; however, she also published numerous articles on individual drawings in the museum's collection, always basing her reporting on accurate scholarship. In addition to her full-time pursuits at the Fogg, Agnes Mongan also spent considerable time exploring her interest in contemporary art. In the 1930s she was one of the founding members of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and she later became involved with the activities of the Museum of Modern Art.

William Robinson, Ian Woodner Curator of Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, said in a statement, "Agnes Mongan was one of the twentieth century's outstanding scholars in the field of European old master and nineteenth-century drawings. Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art (1940), written by Miss Mongan and the Fogg's Associate Director Paul J. Sachs, is a work characterized by meticulous description, thorough research, incisive analysis and concise prose, which established a new standard for museum catalogues of drawings.

"As curator of drawings for nearly fifty years, she oversaw the development of the Fogg's holdings from a miscellany of no more than local significance to a comprehensive collection of international renown," Robinson continued. "Several thousand drawings entered the collection during her tenure. They included works acquired in the major gifts and bequests that form the core of the collections as well as drawings she was able to secure with a modest purchase fund that, she liked to recall, usually amounted to about $80 per year. An inspiring teacher, Miss Mongan was also a tireless advocate outside the classroom for her subject. She organized innumerable exhibitions of works from private collections and solo shows of drawings by artists ranging from Ingres to Andrew Wyeth. Her most important exhibition, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, was seen in Rotterdam, Paris and New York in 1958-1959."

When Grenville Winthrop bequeathed his enormous collection of art to the Fogg Art Museum in 1943, Mongan embarked upon its catalogue. The Winthrop bequest opened a new era in scholarship of French art for Mongan; her area of specialty, originally Italian and French drawings of the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, was now extended to include French drawings of the nineteenth century. Cataloguing the Winthrop collection enabled her to devote years to the research of works by French artists other than Degas or Daumier. Specifically it presented an extraordinary opportunity to study the work of Ingres; 35 drawings by Ingres entered the Fogg via the Winthrop bequest. The grace, delicacy, elegance, and precision she admired in French art were strikingly embodied in the drawings by Ingres. In recognition of her growing expertise in French art, she was asked to assist in the cataloguing of the French paintings in the Frick Collection in New York, and it was while she was working on the French paintings at the Frick that Mongan states that she became an "Ingriste."

Agnes Mongan became the first female curator at the Fogg Art Museum in 1947 when Harvard University finally lifted its policy banning women from being appointed curators (until that time, she held the title "Keeper of Drawings"). In 1951, Miss Mongan was appointed assistant director of the Fogg, thereby assuming administrative responsibilities in addition to her established career as a scholar and curator in the drawing department.

Although Miss Mongan taught classes for many years, it wasn't until 1960 that her role in the Department of Fine Arts was acknowledged officially. Her appointment as the Martin A. Ryerson Lecturer in Fine Arts gave formal recognition to her long-standing teaching situation. Mongan always maintained that although the Fogg is open to the public, its primary function is the development of scholars and museum professionals. To this end, she gave freely of her time to all students who displayed a serious interest in drawings, encouraging them, helping them in their projects, and editing and promoting their publications.

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator of Old Master drawings, National Gallery of Art, said in a statement, "Miss Mongan's seminars on drawings were legendary and served as the instructional cradle for several generations of curators, connoisseurs, and collectors. Those of us who were fortunate enough to take one of her courses remember fondly her infectious passion for the drawings, the delightful anecdotes she would relate about each one, and especially the traditional trip to New York to visit dealers, exhibitions and private collections. For the students who shared her passion for drawings and were deemed to have an 'eye,' Miss Mongan used her considerable prestige and influence to open doors to life-shaping opportunities."

In 1964 Agnes Mongan's title was changed to associate director, and then in 1968 when John Coolidge retired as director of the Fogg, Miss Mongan was named Acting Director. In 1969, she was appointed director of the museum, placing her among the first female directors of a major museum in the United States. When she took on the job of running the Fogg, times were not favorable for American museums. Private funding was at a minimum, many of the old donors were gone, and the country and the university were preoccupied with the escalating conflict in Viet Nam. In spite of these difficulties, Miss Mongan carried on the museum administration according to traditional practice. As assistant, associate, and then director of the Fogg, Mongan always maintained an active role in the Museum, working on numerous committees and boards, organizing and overseeing social functions of openings and dinners at the Fogg, and traveling abroad to museum meetings and functions.

When Agnes Mongan retired as director of the Fogg in 1971, she retained her title as curator of drawings and continued in that position until 1975. Throughout the 1970s, she received numerous awards, honorary degrees, and accolades including the Merito della Republica Italiana by the Italian government for "her help with the restoration of art following the floods of Florence and her years of work fostering Italian culture." Miss Mongan was also awarded numerous visiting professorships including a visiting directorship of the Timken Art Gallery in San Diego, Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University, Bingham Professor at the University of Louisville, visiting professor at the University of Texas, Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art (the first woman to hold that position), and visiting professor of fine arts at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Well into the 1980s, Miss Mongan maintained an extremely active schedule of new projects, including presenting lectures nationally and internationally, and writing and editing numerous articles and contributions to Art Museum publications.

In 1994, Ms. Mongan was once again honored at the Harvard University Art Museums, when the Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs opened at the Fogg Art Museum. She is the author of the recently published catalogue, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Harvard University Press), 1996.

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS

September 17, 1996

August 20, 1996

Anna Bernhard Blume Photo-Works - Havard University Museums







ANNA AND BERNHARD BLUME PHOTO-WORKS

For the past twenty-five years, Anna and Bernhard Blume have created a photographic oeuvre noted for its engaging humor, conceptual rigor and thematic experimentation. Working mainly with staged photographs, printed in black and white and arranged in sequences of varying length and scale, the Blumes offer an unsettling exploration of the place of self in the modern world.

Anna and Bernhard Blume' work, whether in the cooler, more conceptual sequences with text of the 1970s (primarily by Bernhard Blume) or in the more expansive, satirical, and often feminist work of the past fifteen years (executed explicitly as a collaboration), is marked by an ironic humor that is part surreal and part vaudeville. In staging their obviously ficticious scenes, the artists are simultaneously both actors and directors. Anna and Bernhard Blume, both born in 1937, photograph themselves in the stereotyped garb, activity, and expressions of the German lower-middle class, which they acknowledge as part of their own background as Roman Catholics from the Rheinland region.

In these personae, they then interact (seemingly as victims) with the physical and mental fixtures of conventional life. Sometimes, it is chairs, vases, plates and other objects with vestiges of a sacral aura, that appear wildly out of control, with a life and power of their own; at other times, the artists are imposed upon the fixed ideas of culture and thought, such as the German romance with the forest, the pure forms of high modernist art, and other clichés. Informing their work is a playful and profound interest in the history of philosophy, which Bernhard Blume studied at Cologne University from 1967 to 1971. Throughout, as the Blumes slyly undermine certainties about the superiority of human reason, about the stability of the subject/object categories, and about the given social order, the viewer may sense the artists' persistent belief in the power of art's images to prompt a more honest humanity.

The Blumes deploy formal and technical means of great sophistication, with carefully calibrated effects of space, composition and scale. The photographic medium, which itself raises questions about the relationship between passivity (simply recording reality) and activity (subjective creativity), is intricately linked to the issues in the work. As artists who studied at the Dusseldorf Academy from 1960-1965, and there experienced the liberating effects of Joseph Beuys's teaching, the Blumes are of a generation which confronted the challenges of photography, an apparently trivial medium associated with amateur snapshots and mass culture, in their search for creative practice adequate to the late twentieth century.

Anna and Bernhard Blume have been honored with major presentations in Europe, while American audiences have seen only fragmented presentations of their work, including the 1988 Carnegie International, the traveling exhibition Photography in Contemporary German Art: 1960 to the Present, organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in 1992, and small projects at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They have also been honored with major presentations at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Kölnischer Kuntsverein, Cologne; Weiner Sezession, Vienna; and Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn. The Blumes continue to work as a team and independently in Cologne.

Anna and Bernhard Blume Photo-Works is a special exhibition on display in the Fogg Art Museum and Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts from September 14 through November 24, 1996.

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, is the first major presentation of the work of the German collaborative artists, Anna and Bernhard Blume. The exhibition is co-coordinated by Dean Sobel, curator of contemporary art, and Tom Bamberger, adjunct curator of photography, both at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Anna and Bernhard Blume Photo-Works is organized at the Harvard University Art Museums by Peter Nisbet, Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. This exhibition is sponsored by Midwest Express Airlines, Inc. Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen; and the German American Arts Foundation. The Art Museums' presentation of Anna and Bernhard Blume Photo-Works is made possible by the Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum.

Exhibition Catalogue: The accompanying publication is the first English-language catalogue to document the Blumes' work.

Related Events

Lecture and reception - September 17: Special viewing of the exhibition in the Busch-Reisinger and Fogg Museums. Bazon Brock, professor of aesthetics at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, presents a lecture entitled The Serenity of Failure: Anna and Bernhard Blume and an Alternative History of German Avant-Gardism in the Twentieth Century in the Sackler Auditorium. A reception with Bernhard Blume followed the lecture in the Fogg Courtyard.
Gallery talks: September 29 with Deborah Martin Kao, Charles C. Cunningham, Sr., Assistant Curator of Photographs. October 5 with Peter Nisbet, Daimler-Benz Curator, Busch-Reisinger Museum.  October 27 and November 16 with Sara Krajewski, 1996-1997 Werner and Maren Otto Curatorial Intern, Busch-Reisinger Museum.
Lecture - October 24 - To Photograph, to Forget, to Remember: Photographic Practices in Postwar German Art by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, associate professor of art history, Barnard College/Columbia University.

ANNA AND BERNHARD BLUME PHOTO-WORKS
Harvard University Museums
September 14 - November 24, 1996

March 13, 1996

Pentax ZX-5 35mm SLR Camera

Pentax ZX-5 SLR Camera

Designed for ease-of-use, the Pentax ZX-5 SLR camera's simplified features let photographers concentrate on getting great pictures the first time they pick up the camera. Yet it has everything beginning and advanced photographers desire: multi-mode exposure, fast accurate autofocus, a built-in auto flash and a wide range of lenses and accessories. All beautifully packaged in a light-weight compact silver and black body reminiscent of those classic cameras of years gone by. So if you want a new breed of SLR camera, one that's picture perfect inside and out, there's only one choice--the ZX-5 from Pentax.

Research shows that millions of Pentax customers still own and use the sturdy and classic SLR cameras that enjoyed great popularity in the '50s and '60s. The new ZX-5 incorporates those most useful features and simple design in a handsome compact body. Like the famous cameras of years ago, the Pentax ZX-5 is designed with the most essential features. Therefore, mechanical SLR lovers as well as people new to photography can pick up the ZX-5 and begin to shoot with it immediately. Yet it eclipses those cameras with its advanced metering and autofocus systems.

The metering system of the ZX-5 features Pentax's well known six segment multi-pattern metering. This assures optimal results even under difficult lighting conditions. The spot metering allows the photographer to pin-point the metering at a single small area of the frame. Center-weighted metering is also provided for those photographers who prefer conventional metering systems.

It's easy to capture perfectly exposed photographs while shooting with the Pentax ZX-5. This is due to the fact that four exposure modes are available; programmed AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, and metered manual. The three auto-exposure modes are designed to simplify operation while the metered manual mode lets the shooter make all the choices to create the shot he is seeking. Together these choices provide the photographer with the opportunity to create a variety of visual effects.

The two control dials on the camera's top silver panel enable speedy and accurate setting of the metering mode and shutter speed. The obvious advantage of this design is the easy access it provides at the turn of a dial. To complement the dial control system, the Pentax ZX-5 is equipped with a multi-data viewfinder display and an easy to read LCD panel. The viewfinder display even comes with an illuminator whose illumination level is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the subject.

The Pentax ZX-5 incorporates a high precision, high speed phase matching autofocus system which is extremely reliable even under poor lighting conditions. The predictive autofocus function, found in Pentax's professional SLRs, automatically activates when the camera detects the subject's motion. Then it is able to "predict" the subject's position at the exact moment of the shutter release and adjust the focus accordingly. It is even possible to take a few more pictures after the subject moves out of the autofocus frame. The ZX-5's autofocus system is enhanced by

SAFOX IV (Sensor Ability Fortifying Optical Compensation System). The system is new to the PENTAX SLR line and has a three-point autofocus module with wide-focus capability. This is due to a H-shaped layout of the three AF sensors that delivers pin-point focusing on a greater variety of subjects. The sensors are also sensitive to subjects with vertical or horizontal lines.

The Pentax ZX-5 incorporates a built-in "smart flash" which covers up to a 28mm angle of view. It also gives a warning when the camera detects low light and backlit situations. When the camera is set in programmed AE mode and the flash is in the pop-up position, the smart flash automatically provides supplementary illumination to the subject for perfect exposure.

The advanced TTL flash control system makes previously complicated flash techniques such as daylight sync and slow shutter sync simple and effortless. It is also equipped with a pre-flash function to reduce the "red-eye" effect in subjects eyes.

Many cameras today are responding to photographers' increasing interest in using a panorama mode. The Pentax ZX-5 offers this mode which is available at a simple twist of a lever. The viewfinder also has a long comfortable eye-point and diopter adjustment.

Pentax offers a full range of interchangeable lenses to satisfy very diverse needs--ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto and even special effects such as fisheye, macro and soft focus. All lenses are treated with the acclaimed super multi-coating (SMC) for sharp, high contrast images with minimal aberrations. Many existing Pentax accessories can be used with a Pentax ZX-5 including the AF-500 FTZ and AF-330 FTZ dedicated flash units. The line-up is further expanded with the addition of new accessories which are exclusively designed for the ZX-5 including a AA battery pack for extended shooting sessions, a data back and extension cord hot-shoe adapter and off-camera adapter. 

Update: August 1996 - EISA Award

The Pentax ZX-5 has been selected as the "European Camera of the Year 1996-1997" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The official presentation of the award will be held on September 18 at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Having already won TIPA's "The Best SLR camera of the Year '96-'97," earlier in the year, the ZX-5 has won the two most prestigious awards presented to SLR cameras in Europe. 

In selecting the ZX-5, the jury commented that, "With the ZX-5, PENTAX has developed a new breed of autofocus SLR. Its inspired design utilizes the best details of a compact camera within an ultra-light body. The camera's logical and traditional control layout makes it a joy to use; its overall performance exceeds the needs of most photo hobbyists at a very reasonable price."

Pentax (US) / Asahi Optical Company, Ltd., Japan 

February 28, 1996

Live Picture-Silicon Graphics Partnership

Live Picture and Silicon Graphics Expand Collaborative Development and Marketing Programs - Aggressive Development and Marketing Planned for Live Picture Network


Live Picture announces plans to broaden its development and marketing programs with Silicon Graphics, Inc. The companies have collaborated to develop and market Live Picture Network, a networked client/server solution designed to speed image editing and image-based document creation, review and production within and between organizations. Targeting the publishing industry as a key market, SiliconPRESS, the organization within Silicon Graphics established to further its solutions in this industry, will work with Live Picture to market Live Picture Network.

"The Silicon Graphics CHALLENGE and Indy servers offer superior performance, flexibility and reliability, and are an integral element of the Live Picture Network solution for networked imaging," said John Sculley, acting CEO at Live Picture, Inc. "We chose to work closely with Silicon Graphics because of its shared commitment to the publishing industry and creative professionals."

SiliconPRESS' marketing efforts include a 22-city cross country tour to demonstrate numerous networked imaging solutions, and is largely focused on the Live Picture Network solution. Both Live Picture, Inc. and Silicon Graphics' sales channels will actively market and sell Live Picture Network.

"With the adoption of a complete digital workflow, the server becomes the critical element to manage information in a publishing organization," said Tom Furlong, vice president and general manager for Silicon Graphics Digital Media Systems Division. "By combining the remote imaging technology of Live Picture Network with Indy graphics servers and CHALLENGE network servers, our customers should realize tremendous creative freedom and production efficiencies between their creative staffs and their color trade shop facilities."

The companies also worked closely on a Live Picture Network pilot project at the headquarters of J. Walter Thompson, a leading advertising agency in New York. In addition, Live Picture, Silicon Graphics, Apple, Kodak, and Sprint will conduct a joint exhibit showing workflow solutions at the American Association of Advertising Agencies, to be held April 25-26 in Indian Wells, CA.

Live Picture Network provides a solution for centralized image processing, image/document database management, and an integrated collaborative workflow between creative, production, and pre-press professionals. Live Picture's resolution-independent, real time display capabilities, combined with Silicon Graphics' desktop workstations and network servers, provide unparalleled support for distributed image review, editing and approval, while minimizing bandwidth consumption.