Bob Schwalberg

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Bob Schwalberg (October 12, 1927—October 8, 1996) was an American photojournalist and writer on photographic technique and equipment.

Career[edit]

Schwalberg was a photojournalist who worked alongside Alfred Eisenstaedt, Georg Karger, Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Jerry Cooke, Lawrence Fried, Eileen Darby (Lester), Hans Knopf, Ed Feingersh, Lawrence Fried, Bob Henriques, Garry Winogrand, and George Zimbel for Pix, an early New York City photo agency which from 1935 to 1969 supplied news and feature photos to magazines, especially Life and, later, Sports Illustrated.

From 1950 he was a writer of technical stories in Popular Photography magazine and for many years produced a regular column for the magazine.[1][2] He became known as Mr. Leica, an expert on camera equipment, having worked for the manufacturer of E.Leitz GmbH in Wetzlar in their public relations and product design departments for nearly 7 years, and as a European correspondent, before returning to write for Popular Photography.

Recognition[edit]

Two of Schwalberg’s photographs were included by curator Edward Steichen in the world-touring The Family of Man exhibition, seen by 9 million viewers.[3] In one, two women spectators at a sports event, photographed at close range, scream ecstatically while the surrounding men remain unmoved. The second, a policeman photographed from above and panned at a slow shutter speed as he walked, shows only his dark uniform against the slightly blurred pavement in an abstract representation of the presence of the law.

Death and legacy[edit]

Schwalberg passed away a few days before his 69th birthday and was remembered at a memorial on March 4, 1997, at the Metropolitan Center, 123 West 18th Street, New York City.[4] He left behind him a considerable archive of articles on photography.

Articles[edit]

Magazine articles written by Bob Schwalberg include:

  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-10-01), "New high-tech color-print film for super quality", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 56(9), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1988-08-01), "Schwalberg on zooms; our resident optical maven gives you his views on choosing and using them. (Bob Schwalberg)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v95 (n8): 54(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1989-07-01), "Critical focus. (time parallax exposure delay)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v96 (n7): 75(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1981-09-01), "3M color slide 640-T: fast, grainy, and beautiful", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v88: 80(5), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1977-08-01), "How did "Made in Canada" become an international hallmark of lens and camera quality?", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v81: 52(3), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1989-04-01), "Special effects flash: the standard synchronized flash shot may now be an endangered species. (Flash: The Light Fantastic)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v96 (n4): 75(3), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1986-01-01), "Clip-out photo tips", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v93: 67(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1979-11-01), "Rediscover the magic of medium-speed films. (comparison)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v85: 130(8), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1988-04-01), "The 50mm lens: it's still the most versatile tool you own", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v95 (n4): 46(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1981-06-01), "Black-and white image quality: what it is and how to get it", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v88: 86(8), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1983-06-01), "Pro gear: new Hoffman view cameras, elegant wooden models, and exposure meters from Minolta, Sekonic, Gossen. (includes information on lenses)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v90: 74(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-04-01), "Canon T70", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 149(1), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-11-01), "Manhatten madrigals. (the photography of George Forss)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 62(7), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1980-05-01), "D-23 revisited. (film developer)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v86: 88(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1987-06-01), "A buyers' guide to binoculars", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v94: 66(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1981-07-01), "Kodachrome vs. Kodachrome. (comparison)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v89: 86(5), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1985-03-01), "Minolta's Maxxum: a full autofocus SLR system that really works. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v92: 70(8), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-11-01), "Canon FD 20 - 35-mm f-3.5 L. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 76(1), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1988-03-01), "Ricoh XR-M. (camera) (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v95 (n3): 72(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1986-04-01), "Nikon goes autofocus. (Nikon N2020) (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v93: 44(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1983-05-01), "All about tele-converters", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v90: 64(7), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1987-06-01), "Fuji joins the 400 club. (ISO 400 films) (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v94: 60(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-11-01), "Vivitar series 1 200-mm f-3.5 autofocus lens. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 68(3), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-06-01), "Pro gear; wood and brass abound in the lively world of view cameras", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 85(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1987-03-01), "Practical classics. (35mm cameras from the 1950s and 1960s)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v94 (n12): 22(8), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1987-04-01), "Trap shooter; Yashica guns for a top position among autofocus SLRs with "trap focus," an AF mode for action shots. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v94: 54(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1978-09-01), "Fuji joins black-and-white speed kings. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v83: 116(4), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1985-07-01), "Exposure bracketing; is it needed in the age of auto-exposure cameras and wide-latitude color film?", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v92: 62(5), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1985-01-01), "Pro gear; eight new view cameras are unveiled, and the Scheimpflug method goes electronically automatic. (Photokina Wrap-Up)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v92: 65(3), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1978-09-01), "We agree that automation works. But which systems are faster? (exposure automation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v83: 20(2), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1987-11-01), "Fast film starts slow. (Kodak finally introduces Kodacolor VR-G 400 film) (product announcement)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v94: 20(1), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1982-01-02), "Magnetic Pictures", Camera Arts: 92–94
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1988-11-01), "Tripodmania; what should you know about buying a tripod? (includes related article on tripod test)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v95 (n11): 86(12), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1986-04-01), "Ultrawide; lenses of 21-mm and under can give startling visual effects, if you learn how to control them", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v93: 34(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1983-01-01), "Pro lenses. (Photokina 1982)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v90: 62(3), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1984-06-01), "Fujicolor HR 1600 vs. improved Kodacolor VR 1000. (evaluation)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v91: 54(4), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1985-10-01), "Maxxum turns pro; new Minolta 9000 has continuous-tracking autofocus mode, high-speed motor, .00025-sec shutter", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v92: 50(5), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1977-10-01), "The 'amateur' Eg ektachromes. (description)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v81: 112(6), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1979-09-01), "1979 film roundup. (choosing right film)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v85: 104(13), ISSN 0032-4582
  • Schwalberg, Bob (1979-07-01), "This summer in color", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v85: 82(10), ISSN 0032-4582

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popular Photography, June 1956, Vol. 38, No. 6
  2. ^ Fondiller, H. V. (Ed.). (1979). The Best of Popular Photography. Watson-Guptill Publications.
  3. ^ Steichen, Edward; Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973, (organizer.); Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, (writer of foreword.); Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997, (writer of added text.); Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999, (book designer.); Mason, Jerry, (editor.); Stoller, Ezra, (photographer.); Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1955). The family of man : the photographic exhibition. Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Keppler, Herbert (1997-02-01), "Bob Schwalberg: the last frame.(photographic writer for Popular Photography magazine)(Obituary)", Popular Photography, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Inc, v61 (n2): 34(2), ISSN 0032-4582