Back in the day

A wan­der through the AP ar­chive. This week we pay a visit to July 1962

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To­day, it’s easy to take colour pho­tog­ra­phy and colour re­pro­duc­tion for granted, but in 1962, it was a big deal. The then- pub­lish­ers of Am­a­teur Photographer could just about af­ford to stump up for a lovely colour cover shot, but when it came to in­side the mag­a­zine, mono ruled – even for a fea­ture on dy­namic colour shots to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. Apart from her ques­tion­able hat, the cover model looks great; im­age- edit­ing houses charge se­ri­ous money to get this kind of retro look th­ese days. As for the afore­men­tioned fea­ture, it was pretty text heavy, and a fur­ther re­minder that a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words. Other high­lights of this packed is­sue in­clude a brac­ing fea­ture on the Outer He­brides, and A J Fisher’s earth- shat­ter­ing rev­e­la­tion of the sim­plest fer­ra­ni­a­color for­mula yet. Back then all the con­trib­u­tors had sen­si­ble, top- but­ton­fas­tened names like Neville, Ray­mond, Ken­neth and Nor­man. To­day’s AP crew, full of in­ap­pro­pri­ately in­for­mal Ge­offs, Andys and Mikes, would have been told to hop it and get a hair­cut be­fore start­ing work (er, hold on.... cue­ball deputy ed­i­tor).

This is­sue of AP fea­tured an ar­ti­cle on dy­namic colour shots

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