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Panorama's Done Right

Long before the iPhone panorama swipe mode came along, there were actual panorama cameras that mechanically scanned across the view, capturing the image on a wide format negative. It's hard to image the technical skills needed to operate such a camera and process the negatives, but imagine doing it with a few hundred rowdy English public school boys, myself included. The threat of detention was the tool used to keep order during these photo shoots. I still have the original print from the negative from 1973 taken at Rokeby, an all boys school in south London where my brothers and I were the only American kids attending.

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There I am, front row center, looking rather unhappy.

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