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By Margaret Salmon, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln, on the occasion of the Vienna Secession

Conceived by artist and filmmaker Margaret Salmon, this publication is a tribute to a group of innovative sister cinematographas and to the analogue motion picture camera.

The book pairs an enquiry into women's filmmaking practice with a comprehensive survey of experimental analogue technique across generations.

Excerpt page 60, Deborah Stratman

Where did you learn to use an analogue motion picture camera?
I learned on my father's Super 8 camera in high school. Later I learned 16mm in college. I was a projectionist for many years, screening primarily 35mm on dual changeover systems. Learning projectors should be a required companion to learning cameras.

What is the best analogue camera for a beginner to learn with and why?
The best camera to learn with is the camera you have access to. You can learn another one later.

If you have access to a lot of cameras, then the Bolex isn't a bad place to start. It's not very ergonomic, but it's very flex- ible in terms of exposure modulation, superimpositions, hand cranking, fades, etc. Also, cameras with spring motors are great if you're going to be remote without good power access. You can shoot off-grid!

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