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Meet Dave Prochnow
In a writing career that has spanned over 30 years, Dave Prochnow has authored 31 nonfiction books, written countless magazine articles, and, recently, began dabbling in the development of mobile OS Apps. His prolific production has earned Dave some notable recognition; like being the recipient of the 2001 Maggie Award for "Best How To Article in a Consumer Magazine." His award-winning article was based on adapting the film-based Ansel Adams Zone System to digital cameras. The international attention that Dave received from this article in digitalFOTO magazine served as a springboard to other opportunities in photography.
Feeling the need for an educational emphasis on photography as an artistic medium, Dave developed an instant photography coursework that challenged 4th - 6th grade students to "develop" images inside their "mind's eye." Based on this coursework and using salvaged Polaroid SX-70 cameras and film, Dave organized, promoted, and taught several instant photography classes at museum workshops. The resulting chorus from the students, parents, and museum staff was unanimous in its enthusiastic endorsement of using instant photography as a foundation towards better creative expression in all forms of photography...including digital formats.
Now firmly established in instant photography circles, Dave branched out into the exhibition arena. His one-man exhibition, "No Man, A World Without Being," featured prints made with extremely long shutter speeds. These lengthy exposures resulted in images that blurred the passing of cars, the movements of people, and, in general, halted the "pulse" of life that we commonly see with our eyes. The result was imagery that hallmarked the frigid, sterile landscape that we surround ourselves with, but fail to perceive--this was some really thought-provoking stuff.
In 2011, a new one-man exhibition began to take shape, "In an Instax." The title referred to the pre- and post-development manipulations that Dave conducted inside an Instax camera before the print was ejected. Once again, he had to modify a standard commercial camera to enable him to capture the resulting imagery. The final prints were exotic, surreal expressions that transcended the imagery that could be conjured by even the most talented Photoshop digital artist.
When asked about using film-based cameras while living in a digital world, Dave said, "Personally speaking, I never leave home without my Instax--preferring the instant print over digital images."
"The ability to empower the photographer so that he can transform a single Instax print into a "created" object is more valuable to me, than being able to capture 1000s of pix to a removable media card."
And his many books could empower you to do the same thing!
My Enumerative Bibliography
Commodore Peripherals: A User's Guide (COMPUTE! Publications and ABC Publishing Company, 1984)
Commodore 64 Tutor for Home and School (Scott, Foresman and Company, 1985)
EPSON, EPSON, Read All About It! (Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1985)
1001 Things to Do With Your Amiga (TAB Books,1986)
1001 Things to Do With Your Commodore 128 (TAB Books, 1986)
101 Projects, Plans, and Ideas for the High-Tech Household (TAB Books, 1986)
1001 Things to Do With Your Apple IIgs (TAB Books, 1987)
Chip Talk: Projects in Speech Synthesis (TAB Books, 1987)
Flight Simulator and Flight Simulator II: 82 Challenging New Adventures (TAB Books, 1987)
The GEM Operating System Handbook (TAB Books, 1987)
JET: 82 Challenging New Adventures (TAB Books, 1987)
101 Experiments for the Young Scientist (TAB Books, 1988) [Withdrawn due to the inclusion of some "dangerous" experiments and some silly things called carcinogens]
50 Powerful Printed Circuit Board Projects (TAB Books,1988)
Experiments in CMOS Technology (TAB Books, 1988)
Experiments in Gallium Arsenide Technology (TAB Books, 1988)
Experiments with EPROMs (TAB Books, 1988)
GUNSHIP: 82 Challenging New Adventures (TAB Books, 1988)
1001 Things to Do With Your IBM PS/2 (Windcrest Books, 1989)
Quilts SOLD! A Guide to Heirloom and Antique Quilts (Pelican Publishing, 2006)
Superconductivity: Experimenting in a New Technology (TAB Books, 1989)
The Art of Fine Furniture Building ( Betterway Books, 1993)
How? More Experiments for the Young Scientist (TAB Books, 1993)
Why? Experiments for the Young Scientist (TAB Books, 1993)
Why? Experiments for the Young Scientist [Thai Language Edition] (TAB Books, 1993)
No Man: A World Without Being (Kindle Publishing, 2012)
YO! (Kindle Publishing, 2012)