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A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.
― Diane Arbus

Photography of vintage Kodak Brownie Flash Six-10 camera by Edward M. Fielding

The Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Camera featured: built-in flash for use with accessory Flashholder, Both instantaneous and bulb shutter settings, sharp meniscus lens with 2-position focusing, smart, eye-level, enclosed optical view finder, sturdy all-metal body; black pin-grain covering, takes black and white or full-color pictures.

Negative size was 2 1/4 × 3 1/4 inches.

Type: Solid body eyelevel rollfilm
Introduced: Jul 1946
Discontinued: Jan 1955
Film size: 620
Picture size: 2 1/4 X 3 1/4"
Manufactured: US

Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: Rotary
Numbers made: ?
Original price: $6.00

Description:
Metal box body; optical direct vision finder;
accepts cumbersome flashgun.
Renamed from Six-20 Flash Brownie Camera.

The Kodak Six-20 Flash Brownie was made in the USA by Kodak; it was a flash synchronised version of the Kodak Six-20 Brownie Special. It had a sheet-metal body, which could mount a large, unwieldy bulb flashgun. Exposures were 6×9 on 620 film.

Kodak introduced it in December 1940, for a price of $4.25. It was renamed “Brownie Flash Six-20” in 1946, at which time the price went up to $5.90.

Diane Arbus – Diane Arbus (pron.: /diːˈæn ˈɑrbəs/; March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.” Diane believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. A friend said that Arbus said that she was “afraid . . . that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks’”; however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her.

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brownie, camera, kodak, diane, arbus, flash, snapshot, vintage, old, object

Photographing for thirty years, I’ve experimented with alternative processes, 4 × 5 press cameras, and now digital photography. My work has appeared in Camera and Darkroom Magazine and Stuff Magazine. www.edwardfielding.com

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