Traveling with the camera
Native women in Palmyra

Elisabeth Meyer, native women in Palmyra, 1929, Silver Gelatin on baryta.

Kodak No 3A Folding Autographe

Kodak No A Folding Autographe, 1914 (foto: Helle K. Hagen/Preus museum)

Traveling with the camera

When you were traveling, the Folding Cameras were easy to use and easy to carry, and the lens was well protected when the camera was stowed.

Early in the year 1929 Elisabeth Meyer (1899-1968) began the journey that was going to end in the release of "A Woman's journey to Persia".

Meyer traveled with a typewriter and she was always working on some articles for magazines and newspapers while she was working on the book. Meyer was traveling for five months, and the book was a sensation when it was released.

Native women in Palmyra

This is one of the first pictures Elisabeth Meyer took of Bedouin women in the desert on the road to Palmyra.  A town with ruins from ancient times and an important archaeological site in Syria.

The town, that is located approximately 215 km northeast of the capitol Damascus, in an oasis in the Syrian desert, was difficult to reach. Because of tribal wars and bandits, car owners in Damascus refused to send out cars when Meyer traveled. For that reason, she had to travel with Bedouins. She describes the ancient caravan road as breathtaking beautiful.

Kodak No 3A Folding Autographe

Foldingkameraer, eller klappkameraer som de også kaltes, var enkle å bruke og lette å ta med seg.

Objektivet lå godt beskyttet når kameraet var sammenslått. Dette formatet, 8 x 14 cm, var det mest vanlige av de Kodakkameraene som fikk betegnelsen Autographic.  

«Autographic» betyr at man kunne skrive opplysninger med en metallpinne direkte på filmen via ei luke bak på kameraet, f.eks. dato. Kameraet hadde både avstandsinnstilling og lukkertidsinnstilling. Målene på kameraet var 4,7 x 13 x 24 cm og vekten var 1,1 kg.

Rullfilm:  En av de første som fabrikkerte tørrglassplater var George Eastman. Han var også den første som produserte rullfilm. Glassplaten ble erstattet med det bøyelige materialet celluloid som bærematerialet for gelatin med sølvsalter. «The Kodak» var det første kameraet med rullfilm da det ble patentert i 1888. Denne filmen var 70 mm bred.

Elisabeth Meyer, native women in Palmyra, 1929, Silver Gelatin on baryta.

Kodak No A Folding Autographe, 1914 (foto: Helle K. Hagen/Preus museum)