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Voigtlander Bessa II

Ivor Matanle recalls what was arguably the best coupled-rangetinder rollfilm camera of the 1950s

VOIGTLANDER was one of the great German optical and photographic manufacturers of both the 19th and the 20th centuries, and was actually founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1756, moving to Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Germany in 1862. By the time the Bessa II appeared in 1950, the company was almost 200 years old. It was the oldest photographic manufacturer in the world, and one of the best.

The Bessa II was an 8-on-120 6x9cm (or 16-on-l 20 6×4.5cm) folding camera with an accurate coincident-image coupled rangefinder within

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VOICE OF THE HERETIC

I’ve designed and built many expensive motorcycles. I’ve spent a lot of my own money—a lot of other people’s money, too—on costly motorcycle projects. These motorcycles were prototypes, built to prove concepts, develop ideas, or demonstrate potentials. They were expensive because the first example of any design is costly. You pay for the designer’s time, and development of machining programs and procedures. You pay for tooling, for jigs, and for fixtures. You pay for developing assembly procedures.

But I’ve never bought a really expensive motorcycle. It’s not that I don’t pay attention to the high-end motorcycle market. I read magazine

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VOCAL FRY

An actress best known for playing the sweetly dorky production assistant who kept bumping into Ashton Kutcher in «No Strings Attached», Bell, who is thirty-four, has wide, still eyes, fidgety hands, and jittery feet. With many explanatory gestures, she explained how her childhood love of voices and recordings led her to write, direct, and star in the film «In a World» …, which opens this week. She plays Carol, a voice coach who’s trying to break into the macho world of movie trailer narration. Carol has talent, but her voice sometimes catches, from pressure or lack of confidence. The susceptibility

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VMA-513

The author spoke with Captain Jarret Stricker about his experiences of flying the AV-8B from Bagram AB, Afghanistan.

«FOR SOME reason or another, it seems that the bad guys knew when to hit our ground patrols. The worst times for us to fly were right before sunset and at first morning light. Our goggles and night sensors (pods) are slightly hindered during these periods. The enemy would launch hit-and-run attacks against the ‘friendlies’ when they were close to the Pakistani border. I remember a couple of missions in that area flown with Major Mike Franzak. One of these was when

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VMWare провела первый форум в Беларуси

Компания VMWare, известная своими решениями в области виртуализации, присоединилась к списку компаний, которые проводили свои форумы в Беларуси. Мероприятие прошло в Национальной библиотеке и собрало большое количество специалистов, желающих поближе познакомиться с технологиями VMWare.

В конференц-зале практически не было свободных мест, тоже самое можно было сказать в перерывах и о холле, ще были установлены демонстрационные стенды, позволяющие на практике ознакомиться с применением технологий VMWare. В приветственном слове участникам форума представители компании отметили этот высокий интерес, пообещав проводить подобные форумы ежегодно.

Основные причины, которые заставляют белорусские компании смотреть в сторону средств виртуализации, такие же, как во всём мире: появление новых операционных

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VIVIAN MAIER: SUMMER IN THE CITY

One of the most intriguing photographer’s of the twentieth century was discovered four years ago by accident, causing a sensation in the photography world. After being launched into the public eye with numerous international exhibitions, Vivian Maier’s work returns to her home city for the summer. Anna Bonita Evans reports.

An extraordinary story surrounded by mystery, secrecy and displacement, the life of Vivian Maier and events leading up to her emergence in the photography world may, at times, deflect attention from her insightful images. The phenomenon ‘who is Vivian Maier?’ is a fascinating question, and one we have all excitedly

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Visioneers Gallery

Expanding The Audience

United Photo Industries’ massive public exhibitions bring modern photography to accessible public spaces

In an era when the resolution of smartphone cameras has reached an astonishing 41 megapixels, and photo filter apps can render even the most mundane moment into a Technicolor feast for the eyes, digital photography may seem to be reaching a saturation point. Surprisingly, however, as digital imagery pervades all aspects of our lives, the reverence for photography in the art world has risen to new levels as proven in the sale of a fine-art photograph by Andreas Gursky auctioned for $4.5 million at

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VINTAGE VVB4 Violin Bass

Nothing evokes the sound of rock’n’roll bouncing off an arched brick ceiling quite like a violin bass – but this well-designed tribute can do more than just twist and shout. Review by Gareth Morgan.

Last month we reviewed Hofner’s thud-tastic President bass; this month the spotlight falls on a hollow-bodied Vintage-brand Violin Bass. Of course, Paul McCartney played a Hofner Violin Bass on all recordings by the Beatles from 1961-’65, but Hofner didn’t come out with the first violin-shaped electric bass guitar: that was Gibson with the Electric Bass of 1953, although that was a solidbody design with an endpin

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VINTAGE PETER GREEN

Great article on Greeny in the August issue. The first time I saw Peter Green and this guitar was at The Beachcomber in Nottingham. This was when the soul band era was ebbing and the blues boom was taking hold: sad, in a way, as one could meet girls via soul, while the blues was blokes and bored girlfriends! Anyway, my hero was Jeff Beck, who I had seen with the Yardbirds, and Peter was the new guy in the Bluesbreakers: somehow I had sidestepped Eric Clapton twice. Peter knocked my socks off and I couldn’t wait for the Bluesbreakers

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VIKING LONGBOAT

If you ever stop to watch and listen to children playing you will be surprised to discover just how fertile their imaginations are. A large cardboard box becomes a Norman castle, the humble tricycle a chariot pulled by four magnificent horses, and a blanket over a clothes horse one of the most dangerous forests of South America.

This Viking longboat enters into this spirit of imagination providing the chance for adventure and seamanship from a bygone age, without the need for Lloyd’s to underwrite the project!

The construction only involves plywood, some large dowel rods, deck chair canvas and several

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