Photographer's Note

Street photographer in downtown Lima, 1974. These photographers use very old cameras that have no shutters on the lens, only a cap. They do not use film, only paper. First they take the picture, removing the lens cap for a few seconds, which produces a paper negative. Then they process the paper in a miniature darkroom attached to the back of the camera. When it is fixed, they rinse it in water, wipe it off and put it back inside the camera and make a contact print, again by exposing it by removing the lens cap, and processing again to produce a positive print. You are left with a reasonably sharp, slightly damp print in about 10 minutes. After a few years it turns yellow, because the fixing time is usually inadequate. This was 35 years ago, I imagine things have progressed since then.

Hell s3900 scanner, old Kodachrome.

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