One of my first commercial assignments, back in 1958, came through a friend of a friend. It was a one-shot deal, photographing the Perry Como Show for NBC.
The show was broadcast from the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. I showed up, not knowing quite what to expect. As the show was broadcast live, I could only shoot the dress rehearsal. I was to stay out of the way and not interfere with the production. Luckily, my assortment of 35mm lenses included several telephotos, so I was able to stay in the background while producing close-in shots.
The Perry Como Show was a variety show, with its own ensemble singers and dancers, plus guest appearances by stars of stage and screen to liven things up. I don't remember who I photographed that day, but I produced a number of interesting images.
Now we get to the interesting part. I took my pictures up to the office of the Perry Como Show's production company and made them an offer. In return for access to the show during rehearsals, I would give them the pictures I shot. It was an offer they couldn't refuse, a win-win for all involved. So, for the next six months, I showed up most weeks and practiced taking pictures in this very specialized environment. It was soon to pay big dividends.
The pictures here are from the black and white prints that still remain in my collection.
Some technical notes: The original pictures were shot with miscellaneous Canon 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.
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