Author: Torsten

For someone who never intended to pursue an academic lifestyle, I’ve lasted remarkably long doing that. I've also dabbled in screenwriting. I recently completed my PhD in American History at LMU Munich with a dissertation on the nineteenth-century US Southwest. My current project on popular non-fiction books dealing with the crises of the 1970s led me to Washington, DC in 2013, and since October 2014, I can usually be found in Cologne, Germany. … Für jemand, der eigentlich nie studieren wollte, mache ich das schon recht lange. Wenn die Sterne günstig stehen schreibe ich auch Drehbücher. Anfang 2013 habe ich meinen Doktor in Amerikanischer Kulturgeschichte an der LMU München abgeschlossen. In meiner Dissertation ging es um den US-amerikanischen Südwesten des späten 19. Jahrhunderts. Mein derzeitiges Projekt dreht sich um populäre Gegenwartsdiagnosen aus der Krisenzeit der 1970er Jahre, und hat mich 2013 nach Washington, D.C., und seit Oktober 2014 nach Köln geführt.
NikonF801_2

2nd Tier Superstars: The Setup

I announced 2nd Tier Superstars (2TS for short) last Sunday. It’s a new column about those cameras that aren’t talked about endlessly in forums, photography shows, and on blog posts as being the very best cameras for film photography. Second Tier Superstars is, instead, about those that are often neglected. Cameras that are less desirable than…

What to buy? Decisions, decisions!

New Column Announcement: 2nd Tier Superstars

Photography has never only been about the end product, whether it’s an Instagram post, a slide projected on a screen, or a print. It’s always also been an art form dependent on technology, process, and gear. Assume you’re about to get into film photography for real. Maybe you’ve exclusively shot with an iPhone so far.…

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New York Second

Leave Behind

Leave behind the dread and dreary city. Leave its cars and trains and buses, and the people, the mass, moving place to place and all arriving individually, and never arriving all at once. Leave behind you the construction and its cranes and the loud noises and the silent swoosh of the barricaded trees, lining alleyways…

Live

I wanted to read but I just sat there I wanted to write but I just stared I needed to cry but I ran dry It’s not an I that needs to do these things It is an us that can’t exclude Because the misanthropes the misinformed the misled They will bond over disagreeing And…

The Satellites

I have gotten into the habit of writing something every morning. I attempted to make it something related to this blog, but usually I fail. Today my thoughts of landscape images and wide open spaces took me to write this. It might be a bit trite, but I feel there’s something there. Something worth sharing…

NikonF801_2

The Act of Cleaning

Cleaning is how we take ownership of things. I noticed this when I received a beaten up Nikon F801 camera, won on eBay (or “that auction site” as it is so often referred to when people want to avoid brands; making clear that our internet auction needs are pretty much monotheistic) for €11,05 plus shipping.…

Venque front

Almost There – A Review of the Venque Briefpack Utility XL

Why oh why, you may think, is a blog dedicated to photography reviewing bags now? And not even photo bags? What has the world come to? Simple: I have always liked bags, but I’ve never been a photo bag person. I think they’re generally meh-looking (too technical, too boring, too black nylon), and since I…

Digital picture of analog camera. Two worlds collide.

There Is No Versus

They took our Kodachrome away but we soldiered on. That we, film photographers, has had to see their medium of choice sink from a given of modern life to a specialist niche in no time flat. Where I live, I’m lucky to be in close walking distance of two drugstores that sell and process film,…

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