Looking professional in 1985
David Burnett has been covering events around the world for Contact Press Images since the early 80's, chronicling everything around the world from wars to famous people. It was in 1983 on assignment in Argentina and seeing how all 6 of the photogs travelling with the Pope carried their gear in brown canvas Domke F2 Bags that he thought he'd take a groupe shot. But he was part of the group! So he simply handed a camera to a stranger walking down the street and asked in pigeon Spanish asked them to take a photo of the Pope's press pool!
I liked the photo and ended up using it in the attached advertisement saying how the "next time you go on assignment, take another pro along with you. The original Domke Bag."
Burnett called to see if I still had the photo he had mailed me 25 years ago, he wanted to publish it in his blog about Sygma agency photographer Gianni Giansanfi, who recently lost his fight with cancer.
Oops! I couldn't find the print, but found the advertisement. Check out Burnett's thoughts on photography-life-friends-etc at [url]www.werejustsayin.blogspot.com[/url]. [URL="http://www.werejustsayin.blogspot.com/"](Click)[/URL]
It was also used in an old newsletter, where in ran along with quotes from letters snail mailed to me from users. I reprinted a half dozen quotes under "Domke - Looks Pro, Feels Pro and Works Pro!" Ended with "Domke users have said it all."
From Grand Island, Nebraska, S.C. wrote "I'm not a professional photog, but your equipment makes me look and feel like a pro." Those were the days . . .
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