The Guardian: The drifter: Joel Sternfeld on his sly glimpses of wild America – seen from the endless highway

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/11/joel-sternfeld-photographer-america-interview-colour-photographs-1977-88

“… A native New Yorker, he has roamed through America constantly since earning a BA in Art from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1965, already obsessed with “the great underlying theme of my work: the utopian vision of America contrasted with the dystopian one”.”

Linhof Master Technika Classic 4″x5″ sheet film view camera, one of my favourite cameras for architectural and portrait photography.

Commentary

I recommend learning photography with a view camera, analog or digital, if that is an option as it is a very different, more contemplative experience than can be had with most smaller format cameras.

With the ongoing depletion of available 4″x5″ and 8″x10″ sheet film stock, professional processing labs and top-quality analog printing services, it may be wise to consider digital options if contemplating photographing on location with field and portable view cameras.

The gallery and list below contain a number of digital alternatives that accept mirrorless cameras and digital backs of various brands via adapters.

The medium and large format film colour photography of Joel Sternfeld, Joel Meyerowitz and other North American photographers crucially influenced my own ways of seeing and working as much as that of small, hand camera photographers.

Notable colour photographers of the former persuasion worth checking out include these:

Contemporary digital technical and view cameras

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  • Arca-Swiss F-Metric C 4×5 Field CameraB&H
  • Cambo ACTUS View CameraB&H – versions for Canon EF, Fujifilm GFX, Fujifilm X, Nikon F and Sony E camera bodies.
  • Cambo ACTUS-DB2 View Camera BodyB&H – view camera for digital backs.
  • Cambo Technical CamerasB&H
  • Cambo ACTUS-XL-35 View CameraB&H – view camera for 35mm sensor format cameras, more for studio than location use.
  • Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift LensB&H
  • Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera (Body Only)B&H – remarkable effort from Fujifilm with the next version of this camera to be the GFX-100S, and with a rangefinder or rangefinder-style alternative apparently also coming sometime soon in the form of the GFX-50R.
  • Horseman VCC PRO View Camera Converter for CanonB&H
  • Linhof 4×5 Master Technika 3000 Metal Field CameraB&H
  • Linhof 4×5 Master Technika “Classic” Rangefinder Metal Field CameraB&H – this really is the classic folding portable view camera for use in the hand or on a stand aka tripod, with rangefinder and optical viewfinder.
  • Linhof Techno Digital Field Camera (Body Only)B&H
  • Silvestri Bicam Professional Modular Camera BodyB&H
  • Toyo-View 45AX 4 x 5″ Field CameraB&H
  • Toyo-View 8×10 810MII Folding Metal Field CameraB&H
  • Wista Field-45DX Field Camera (Ebony)B&H – one of my favourite cameras during the analog era.
  • Wista Field-45DX Field Camera (Rosewood)B&H