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The story of Dodge + Burn

Dodge and Burn was created out of a passion for analogue photography and classic cameras.  The sculpted mechanical beauty of vintage cameras, the legendary photographers who used them, and the iconic images they created are the things that fuel the Dodge and Burn brand.

We’re neck-deep into the digital age and more people than ever are taking photos.  I believe that regardless of whether you use your iPhone or an old Leica screw mount camera to capture your decisive moment, you are part of the history of photography.  Dodge and Burn is here to remind you of this.  

Each of the cameras illustrated on our tees is a classic.  From the elegant and precise Leica rangefinders
of the 1950s to the rugged war-zone-tested Nikon’s of the 1970s, these shirts pay homage to some of the best
cameras ever made.

Toyo View Camera

I recently moved back to New York City after having lived in Switzerland for several years. The first thing I did was to take a large format photography course at the International Center for Photography. Using a camera like this is a little bit like painting. You have to spend some time with the subject, thinking about the composition and setting up the shot. I have been using this camera to take street portraits of people in my neighborhood.

 


Polaroid 110B Pathfinder

Of all my cameras, this is probably the most eccentric looking. It’s a 1960’s Polaroid 110B Pathfinder that’s been converted to accept today’s instant films. A lot of people, myself included, like to shoot with old, expired Polaroid film to achieve random and unexpected effects.

 

Rollei

In my opinion, the Rollei 35s is the best compact camera ever made and is perfect for street photography. I’ve probably used this camera more than any other. It’s been with me in the Swiss Alps, the back alleys of Cairo’s medieval quarter and is now my NYC street camera.

 

Rolleiflex

I bought this camera when I lived in London. I had only ever shot 35mm film but was ready to graduate to a larger format. I remember struggling to make a choice between this camera and a much larger Speed Graphic.The Rolleiflex takes incredibly fine pictures and evokes the combination of elegance and workmanship that typified photography in an earlier era.

 

Voigtlander Bessa

This is the first rangefinder camera I ever owned. I bought it when I lived in the Middle East and have used it since around the world. This camera puts me in a moral quandary. I have always been a staunch user of fully manual vintage cameras. But this Voigtlander is so slick and easy to use with its built-in light meter and aperture priority setting. 


Voigtlander Vitomatic

This 1950’s Voigtlander Vitomatic is the newest addition to my collection.It feels like it’s been hewn out of solid granite and is equipped with the legendary Ultron lens. These particular Vitomatics are somewhat of an endangered species and are rarely seen anymore.

 

Leica M3

I bought my Leica M3 in Toronto. That’s where I’m originally from and it’s where I completed my undergraduate studies in Art History. Toronto is a great city with a strong photography culture. 


Voigtlander Perkeo

I love medium format folders. They’re small, tidy, and take incredible medium format pictures. This 1950’s Voigtlander Perkeo is a masterpiece of minimalism. It has no rangefinder, no light meter, in fact, not anything that isn’t essential to taking photographs. 


Kodak Retina

I bought this 1950’s Kodak Retina IIc in Southern California and have taken many of my favorite pictures with it. It has an amazing 6-element Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon lens and a really cool foldout architecture. Based on my love for this camera I purchased Kodak stock (NYSE: EK). One would have thought my MBA from New York University would have warned me off such a disastrous investment. It didn’t. The investment is gone, but I’ve still got this awesome little camera.

 

Weltur

This Welta Weltur is one of my favorite cameras. It is a 1930’s medium format camera that folds up into a neat little package that can fit in my jacket pocket. There’s an army of folks out there still shooting with old medium format “folders” like this one.
 

Leica IIIc

This post-war Leica IIIc, replete with knurled knobs and engraved dials, a collapsible lens, and all its other moving parts, epitomizes the craftsmanship and artistry of mechanical cameras. I love how the mechanics of this camera are externalized. Holding this camera is like holding a clockwork mechanism that’s been turned inside out.