Summary

105 mm Nikon Nikkor lens that is part of a Nikon FM2 camera assemblage used by commercial photographer Norman Wodetzki in his photographic business in Melbourne. The lens has a Photax UMC UV 52 mm filter lens attached to it.

Norman Wodetzki used the Nikon FM2 camera assemblage mostly for weddings and events, as well as Public Relations work at the University of Melbourne, and to record construction sites around Australia.

Physical Description

Lens - 105 mm Nikon Nikkor lens, with black casing. Lens cap on lens and on the bottom. The lens has a Photax UMC 52 mm UV lens filter attached to it. The lens also has a B+W, 52 E, WZ 2 lens filter attached to it, on top of the Photax.

Significance

This photographic equipment collection reflects the life of a local working photographer in a small - medium business and the evolution of photographic technology in the second half of the 20th century. Photographer Norman Wodetzki initially used twin reflex Rolleiflex cameras in the 1960s, then bought a 6 x 6 Hasselblad in the 1970s and finally moved on to 35mm electronic Nikons. The museum has very little in the way of cameras manufactured from the 1970s onwards, and few cameras with good provenance. This discreet collection not only fills these gaps but also tells the story of how a professional photographer worked. Norman's working life is being documented by the State Library of Victoria and this record will be available to the museum also, enabling a full picture of his life as a photographer.

Norman Wodetzki is a professional photographer who worked from the mid 20th century through to the early 21st century, when he retired. He began life working as a Victorian Railways clerk and helped a photographer friend from work on weekends with weddings and balls. He then became a working photographer himself. From 1965 he worked for about ten years out of 78 Collins Street Melbourne, above Ogg's Pharmacy, with Lloyd Buchanan. Mr Buchanan used display cases to promote his photography business in the Block Arcade and the Australia Hotel. They often saw competing photographers like Athol Smith at weddings, where there was a distinct division between them. There was a hierarchy amongst Melbourne photographers in terms of who they photographed ie fashion, society, general public etc. Photographers like Athol Smith and Wolfgang Sievers did not consider Norman Wodetzki and Lloyd Buchanan equals with them as Norman and Lloyd catered to the general public as commercial photographers, and were not considered 'artists. Nonetheless, there was enough work for all of them to survive in the local market. [Laurie Richards and Jim Payens whose work is also held by Museum Victoria, were also well known members of the Melbourne photographic community, and further research into the history of Melbourne photographers would be of merit to understand how the Melbourne photographic scene operated].

In 1974 Norman moved to 592 Queensberry Street North Melbourne to work for himself, where he remained until he retired in 2007. He shared the studio space with other photographers to reduce costs. Norman did a lot of work for the University of Melbourne, including Ormond Colleges, PR and various departments, Victorian government departments, CRA [Rio Tinto] and large companies like Multiplex documenting mining projects, construction sites, openings, events and the like. His negatives have been placed in the collections of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria for archiving, although these were his 'seconds' as most of the high quality negatives were handed over to the commissioning company at the time of photography.

Nikon has made high quality camers in Japan since the 1940s, integrating electronics and optical technology. Nikon camera products are popular amongst professionals.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Norman Wodetzki Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mr Norman Wodetzki, Jul 2008

  • Manufacturer

    Nikon, Japan, 1975-1985

  • User

    Mr Norman Wodetzki, 592 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975-2007

  • Inscriptions

    LENS Lens - on inside rim, white "NIKON NIKKOR 105 mm 1:2.5, 1015381" Lens - on outside, on black band above silver band, gold sticker with black printed text: "PASSED / JCII / C/D JMDC" Lens - on outside, on black band above silver band: (YELLOW) FT, 70, 30, 15, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.5 / (WHITE) M [SYMBOL FOR INFINITY] 15, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.2, 1" Lens - on outside, on black band below silver band: (orange) 22, (blue) 16, (white) 11, ( yellow) 8, (white) 5.6, 4, 2.5) [the same is repeated below in smaller font} PHOTAX FILTER LENS Exterior, white: "PHOTAX, UMC, UV, 52 mm, MADE IN JAPAN" B&W LENS FILTER Interior, white "B+W, 52 E, WZ 2" LENS CAP Top, white, embossed: "Nikon" Bottom, black, embossed: "52 mm / MADE IN JAPAN" CAP FOR BOTTOM OF LENS Top, black, embossed "[symbol for right facing arrow], OPEN / NIKON" Bottom, black, embossed "LF-1 / MADE IN JAPAN"

  • Model Name or Number

    Nikkor 105 mm, UMC 52 mm UV

  • Brand Names

    Nikon (Camera Lens) , Photax (Camera Filter Lens)

  • Classification

    Photography, Image making equipment, Camera accessories

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Technology

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Overall Dimensions

    100 mm (Length), 210 mm (Circumference)
    Dimensions of Lens. Circumference measured at widest point. Length includes filters and lens caps.

  • Overall Dimensions

    85 mm (Length), 210 mm (Circumference)
    Dimensions of Lens. Circumference measured at widest point. Length includes cap on bottom.

  • Part

    5 mm (Depth), 173 mm (Circumference)
    Dimensions of Photax lens filter. Circumference measured at widest point. Depth includes filter cap.

  • Part

    5 mm (Depth), 173 mm (Circumference)
    Dimensions of lens cap.

  • Part

    5 mm (Depth), 173 mm (Circumference)
    Dimensions of black & white lens filter.

  • Keywords

    Photographic Equipment, Photography, Working Life