Available light photography is a trend dating back to the late 1940s. The idea was to take advantage of the available light when making photos indoors under poor light conditions, without using a flash. This would preserve the atmosphere and mood of the situation. Photographers would use high speed black-and-white 35mm film. That the photograph would turn out grainy was not considered a disadvantage, but rather the style of the photograph. View a photo from that period at the bottom of this page.
I took this photograph 1956 at a small café in Vienna. The camera used was an Exakta SLR with a ZEISS 50mm 1:1.4 lens, the film was an Ilford 1600 ASA. (Scanned from my 296 x 220 mm blow-up.) Back to top of this page.
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