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Susanne Friedrich

Susanne Friedrich studied graphic design and photojournalism in Boston where she initially worked as a commercial photographer of weddings, portraits, and performances. Always interested in experimenting with alternative techniques, she began to photograph at night in 2001 and started using a modified Holga to make night images in 2002. She has exhibited her images in various galleries and venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her work is held in many private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She makes a living as a Web producer and graphic designer in San Francisco.


Fort Mason Pier

As an economical option for making medium-format night shots, Susanne Friedrich modified a Holga camera by disabling the camera’s shutter. Since there’s no internal mechanism for controlling exposure time, she starts the exposure by removing the lens cap and puts it back on the lens at the end. The cheap plastic lens has a sharp central focus but displays vignetting at the edges, which lends a unique charm to the images it produces.

© Susanne Friedrich
Camera: Holga, Lens: fixed 60mm, Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 25 minutes, Film: Agfa Optima 400

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