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