Nikon and the Sponsorship of Japan’s Optical Industry by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1917 – 1945

The following article was written by Dr. Jeffrey Alexander as his masters thesis while he was studying at the University of British Columbia in 2001.  It originally appeared on the university’s web portal in text format but has since transformed into a PDF only that can be read in the …

Wehrmacht Leica

Prologue Throughout a large portion of the 20th century, the photographic industry was heavily tied to Germany.  In addition to cameras and lenses, Germany was also tied to a whole list of atrocities committed by it’s government and the Nazi regime. This is a topic that is very sensitive to …

Reinventing the Roll: 120 Film in a Polaroid Highlander

For those of you like me who grew up in the 1980s, you remember the Polaroid instant camera.  Models like the Spectra and the OneStep were common, shooting instant photographs with Polaroid’s familiar white border.  If you are a little older, you might remember the collapsible SX-70, but no matter …