by Tony Karp
My brief life in the studio
Portrait of Jane Hsiang - Portrait of Jane Hsiang - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Portrait of Jane Hsiang
Back in the 1960s, I decided to try my hand at studio photography. The were lots of young models, just starting out, who were willing to pose in return for shots for their head sheets, taken by young photographers, just starting out, who needed shots for their portfolios.

It turns out that I wasn't suited to studio photography, I preferred magazine photography and photojournalism to the make-believe world of the studio. The photos here are the remnants of that brief struggle.

The pictures here are from the black and white prints and slides that still remain in my collection.
 - I shared a studio with Ira Mazer. Someone sent him this horseshoe wreath and I had him put it on. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
I shared a studio with Ira Mazer. Someone sent him this horseshoe wreath and I had him put it on.
 - An ethereal glow created by a diffusion lens. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
An ethereal glow created by a diffusion lens.
 - An example of
An example of "reverse diffusion," with the diffuser on the enlarger rather than the camera.
Picture of a Japanese girl - Not in the studio, but a studio-like setting. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Not in the studio, but a studio-like setting.
 - High key, with a fiberglass overlay. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
High key, with a fiberglass overlay.
 - Another shot of Ira Mazer. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Another shot of Ira Mazer.
 - The gloves have it. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The gloves have it.
 - Portrait of Fred Hammerstein. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Portrait of Fred Hammerstein.
 - Portrait of Jane Hsiang. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Portrait of Jane Hsiang.
 - A wrestler called The Golden Superman, in high-contrast. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A wrestler called The Golden Superman, in high-contrast.
 - Another example of reverse diffusion. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Another example of reverse diffusion.
 - A portrait of youth. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A portrait of youth.
Picture of a Japanese girl - Another portrait of a beautiful young lady. - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Another portrait of a beautiful young lady.
 - A studio shot of the fifth beetle - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A studio shot of the fifth beetle
 - A young Roz Kelly in a thoughtful pose - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A young Roz Kelly in a thoughtful pose
 - Roz Kelly with back lighting - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Roz Kelly with back lighting
 - Roz Kelly, making eye contact - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Roz Kelly, making eye contact
Burned-out transistor - An extreme close-up in the studio - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
An extreme close-up in the studio
 - Still life of a broken shell - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Still life of a broken shell
 - Another still life of a broken shell - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Another still life of a broken shell
 - Jane Hsiang projected into an abstract version - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Jane Hsiang projected into an abstract version
 - Portrait of Donna Mitchell with the air around her on fire - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Portrait of Donna Mitchell with the air around her on fire
 - Donna Mitchell projected into the 21st Century - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Donna Mitchell projected into the 21st Century
 - A young Donna Mitchell in blue light - My pictures taken in my studio - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A young Donna Mitchell in blue light
Some technical notes: The original pictures were shot with either Canonflex R single lens reflex cameras or Canon Model P rangefinder cameras. The film was most likely Tri-X or Plus-X, developed in UFG. The prints were photographed with a Sony DSC-R1 camera and post processing was done with LightZone 3.
Copyright 1958-2016 Tony & Marilyn Karp