Pushett Irby

Pushett Irby is a Brooklyn based Photo Studio run by Judith Pushett and Kevin Irby. Accomplished photographers, they have combined their talents utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera. Channeling the auspicious image makers who first employed this new medium, they feel the same exuberance they must have felt with each new photograph.

Using this camera is a challenge — quite different from the point-and-shoot digital cameras that have become so commonplace in our fast, information-driven culture. Although very beautiful to look at, the camera is clunky and extremely heavy. Every image takes some time to set up and several hours to develop and print.

Each photo shoot is tempered by their insistance on using only available light, like the days of yore. So on occasion an exposure may take more than a few seconds; an opportunity for the subject to be more involved and committed to the process.
Judith and Kevin believe that this collaboration leads to a more honest portrait which embodies more of the subject’s spirit than any other type of camera can deliver.

They (and me too) love how the experience teaches us to slow down and appreciate the beautiful things right in front of us.

Totally, instantly #wishlisted.


(Thank you Jan)

8 Comments leave a comment below

  1. The images are beautiful, textured and full of soul. They breathe life and light.
    For the rest of us, a simple film camera can capture more atmosphere and character than any digital sensor ever will: I’ve been shooting with a pair of old film Leicas for a few months now, and the images are phenomenally better than my previous digital captures. Mine are almost all shots of my 2-year old daughter – my only regret is that I didn’t buy a film camera *before* she was born.
    At the weekend I ordered a 14-year old Hasselblad from an online store for less than a new Canon or Nikon dSLR. I can hardly wait for it to arrive.
    Believe me – film still rules!

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