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Len Glick and the Sunny 16 Rule

At Pivot Media, we often have clients bring in old film from their family archives for scanning. It is always a nice surprise when someone comes to us with an unusual or interesting collection of slides, such as Len Glick’s photographs from his days as an anthropologist in New Guinea.

In 1960, Len and his wife traveled to the New Guinea Highlands to study, live, and work with native ‘Gimi’ communities. They were among the first Westerners to gain inside access to what was a very closed society.

Because of their limited contact with contemporary societies, the Gimi people did not respond well to technology, including photographic equipment. Because of their suspicion of camera gear, Len chose to not use a light meter, he was still able to make remarkable images of the native population however, relying on the classic “Sunny-F/16” rule.