AGFA Optima 200 Sensor

Linhof Technika 6,5x9 cm


Pentax LX

From the AGFA Optima to the digital camera

Horst Weihrauch

Born in 1952
Since 1970 I have been involved with photography
Since 1976 also with photo historie

Pentax 6x7

Olympus CAMEDIA C-1400XL


1976 Prof. Dr. Otto Steinert - Folkwangschule Essen-Werden

1984 Prof. Harald Mante / Color Photography

1987 Prof. Pan Walther - University of Applied Sciences Dortmund

Olympus E300

Nikon D7200

My photos are mirror images of the past, of my past, which I experienced and captured with the camera. This is how photos have been taken over the years, in reports, in the  studio, on vacation, during raids through the Ruhr area, in hobby or on assignment. Often people are captured in the picture, The human being is changing as well as his environment and I try to capture something of the NOW every time I press the trigger on my camera. How valuable photos are, you only realize when they show what has already passed irretrievably. I started photographing with the Agfa-Optima Sensor, a camera with a red  soft-release, which should prevent the camera from blurring. The development of the camera manufacturers did not stop and brought to  today countless new models with appropriate accessories on the market. Even with me it has not stayed with a camera. Nevertheless, the wisdom of Professor dr. Following this, Otto Steinert said: "It does not matter what you use to photograph, which camera, which film, ect." Steinert: "You can take pictures with what you want, the decisive factor is only the photo that is finally on the table, it is also irrelevant under what circumstances you have done it." Today I use 2 Nikon 7100/7200 cameras  and one OSMO + handheld gimbal from DJI. The digital advancement takes bigger steps than the analogue film could in a corresponding time. This results in ever more perfect photos, provided you are in digital photo editing fit. The photographer today has the quality of his photo in his own hands and  can compensate for the imperfection of the camera technology.  Photography is a document for me, so I also speak of photos and not  pictures. The above self-portrait is already a picture. A non-real photo and therefore no document. Such pictures have also been given at analog times, which were then  so-called double or multiple exposures as artistic representation as well as alienation as solarization, etc. The retouching and compensating for incorrect exposure changed the photo for the better, so the  document only in a way as photographer and camera technology could not. The digital processing of RAW images allows zoning, so to correct parts of  the photo, which used to be tedious in the analog development only by  dodging or burnishing, which is possible today in a way that leaves  nothing to be desired and how it was never possible at analog times.