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A photographer in Mexico uses an imperfect camera to document an uncertain time
the washington post
Jul 2, 2020
In March, I went to a camera store in Mexico City’s historic center to buy film before the coronavirus locked the businesses down. I used to go to Donceles Street to look at the old cameras in display cases — the double-eyed Rolleiflexes from the 1950s and the stout Leicas from the ’70s. But this time, I carried a Holga 120 SF, a plastic camera that was introduced nearly a half-century ago as an affordable camera for amateurs, but whose strange aesthetics later became popular with professionals. I bought 17 rolls of black-and-white film for the Holga and chemicals for my darkroom. They would have to last the rest of the pandemic.