Back in the day
A wander through the AP archive. This week we pay a visit to May 1982
Sadly the house elves responsible for binding our archives got a bit carried away with this issue, causing our studio photographer no end of headaches, but the bonkers cover still stands out. Who could fail to love the concept of a crazed-looking model wearing a fetching Where’s Wally top? Highlights of the issue include a guide to choosing an SLR – chances are, many AP readers will still be using the best of these 35-year- old film cameras. Considering this was a long time before digital, some interesting innovations are being talked about, including solar-powered panels to recharge the batteries on the Ricoh XR-S, and a widget for making multiple exposures while keeping the film in place. We are less sold on the Heath Robinson- esque solution for attaching multiple flashguns to an Olympus, however. Generally, the onus was still on the photographer to do a lot of the donkey work, so there was room for a lot of improvements – integrated autofocus systems on mass-market cameras is the most obvious example.
There was a comprehensive guide to choosing an SLR