TJ’s Daily Photo #38- Stephen Takacs

The Daily Photo #38- February 7th, 2016

Stephen Takacs

1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film with a Bronica SQ-A body and a Bronica 150mm f/3.5 lens.
Stephen Takacs in his studio. 1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100. Shot on Fuji FP100C instant film with a Bronica SQ-A body with a polaroid back and a Bronica 150mm f/3.5 lens.

Meet Stephen Takacs. This guy is one of the true artist/photographer/educators in Columbus, Ohio. He is the creator of the Brownie in Motion Camera Obscura- it is a camera the size of a room. Using analog techniques, he has traveled to different parts the country capturing people with rare and disappearing occupations using this room-size capture device. The low-fi style of the photos from the Brownie imbues a timelessness to the subject and their chosen craft or occupation. The series shows us that technology has not quite stripped all of us of our love of analog techniques, and more traditional form of work. At least not yet.

A photograph shot by Stephen with his Brownie camera.
A photograph shot by Stephen with his Brownie camera.

Stephen’s studio is packed with ephemera of a working artist, yet neat and functional. He is in preparation for the the upcoming show at the Cultural Arts Center, so there was a tremendous amount of work to be done. He would always keep busy while we were talking and somehow was able to listen and organize and move things to and fro, and still never miss a beat. That might be the best skill that a working artist can have- being able to work amongst distractions.

1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film.
1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film.

I have been aware of Stephen and his work for a while, and I am always amazed at the creativity that his work displays. When I hung out with Stephen, we didn’t dive deep into why he does what he does, or what drives him, mostly because he is such an easy person to hang out with. I wanted to be in and out of his studio after some Instant Portraits so he could continue preparing for his upcoming show at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, but time just flew by and we spent the whole afternoon having a great time hanging out and talking about photography. That’s the kind of person he is.

1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film. Checking out some unscanned negatives.
1/60 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film. Checking out some unscanned negatives.

Stephen also has a show going on right now at the OSU Faculty Club, called Photofinishing. The Photofinishing show ends February 26th, so go and check that out now!

About Photofinishing:

“The photographs in this exhibit were shot in 2010 on Kodachrome film. Photofinishing explores the effects of digitalization of the photographic industry, particularly camera repair shows, film processor and photographic retailers.”

-Stephen Takacs

Join Stephen at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center where you can see the Brownie work in all it glory! The opening of the show is February 19th from 6pm-8pm, so I’ll see you there!

Brownie In Motion: Sheridan College
A digital photograph by Stephen Takacs of the Brownie In Motion Project installed at Sheridan College in Wyoming.

If you want to check out Stephen’s work, you can check out his work at the links below.

Stephen Takacs, Photographer: (614) 721 – 5367

Commercial Portfolio            www.stephentakacs.com

Art Portfolio                            www.stakacs.com

Brownie In Motion Blog       www.BrownieInMotion.org

Gear used for instant photos:

1/500 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C instant film with a Bronica SQ-A body and a Bronica 150mm f/3.5 lens.
1/500 @ f/8 ISO 100 Fuji FP100C.
TJ Hansen

Photographer at MPEX.com

3 thoughts on “TJ’s Daily Photo #38- Stephen Takacs

  1. Reblogged this on Brownie In Motion and commented:
    TJ Hanson has been working on a daily photography blog project for over a month now. Last week, he came by my studio at 400 West Rich Street to hang out and shoot some pictures of me at work. The beautifully lit images were captured on Fuji instant film using a Bronica with an old Polaroid back.

    Nice work TJ!

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