Grandpa Catspit Doing Lithography With A Process Camera!

My family has long been involved with the graphic arts and my grandfather was a lithographer when he was younger. I’m not sure when this image was taken but the camera in the image was state of the art at the time. This is a process camera which was used for offset lithography and other printing methods that needed direct duplicating or negative making pre-press work. Many newspaper houses would have a large process camera like this one back in the day when things were done mechanically. A vertical set up is known as a stat camera. A horizontal set up with the back of the camera being in a dark room is known as a process camera. Today these cameras are dinosaurs and only professional photographers using silver nitrate processes would be interested in such a thing. The lenses used in these cameras were so large they used to call them “glass.” Referring to the lens as a piece of glass comes from the photographic industry. Even today I still call my lenses for my analogue cameras “glass.”

Grandpa-Process-Camera

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