I started taking pictures some time in 1957. In 1958, I got an assignment shooting the Perry Como Show and parleyed that into a few assignments from NBC. They liked the photojournalistic look that I gave my pictures. In July of 1959, Grey Advertising sent me to California to do all of the still photography for NBC's 1959 fall season.
Television was very different in 1959. In many ways, it was in its infancy but, in some ways, it was also a golden age, full of drama, culture, and comedy, with a generous helping of westerns added for good measure.
Most TV was in black and white, with color as a rare exception. Color TV receivers weren't really that common until the late 1960s. This made things a lot easier as black and white film was fast enough to allow shooting by available light. Kodachrome color film had a speed of 10. The indoor version had a speed of 12. Fortunately, I didn't get any assignments to shoot color.
The pictures here are from the black and white prints that still remain in my collection.
Some technical notes: The original pictures were shot with miscellaneous Canon rangefinder and SLR cameras. Lenses ranged from 28mm to a homemade 400mm lens to shoot the baseball pictures. The film was most likely Tri-X or Plus-X, developed in UFG. The prints were photographed with a Sony DSC-R1 camera and post processing was done with LightZone-3.
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