Leica M3, manufactured ca. 1957

About Mercury Photo Bureau

My Brief Life As a Photographer


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My name is Chris J. Zähller, and my 1st cam­era was a mail-​order Kodak 110 Instamatic pocket film cam­era with a “stick” flash pur­chased by sav­ing proofs-​of-​purchase from my mom’s fem­i­nine hygiene prod­ucts. My 2nd cam­era was my mom’s hand-​me-​down Polaroid Land cam­era. I used a film SLR for a class assign­ment in the early 1980s, then didn’t pick up another cam­era for a decade-​and-​a-​half when I bought a Canon Elph APS cam­era in the 1990s.

After that, I inher­ited a cou­ple of my brother’s cast-​off dig­i­tal point & shoots. They were okay, but noth­ing about them made me want to spend my vaca­tion with a cam­era in front of my face when I could just be enjoy­ing the sights unen­cum­bered. Then some­thing hap­pened … to find out what, read my 1st essay.

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Mercury Photo Bureau pub­lishes photo essays on a vari­ety of sub­jects includ­ing the arts, pol­i­tics, and news. We pub­lish on an irreg­u­lar sched­ule, so if you’d like to be noti­fied when there’s a new arti­cle, please sub­scribe to our newslet­ter or our RSS feed.

— Chris J. Zähller

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