April - Bolivia.
La Paz. An Art Deco building in the centre of the
city on Avenida Camacho. The building was designed by a
Yugoslav architect Ivica Krusul and includes the Hotel La
Paz. The work dates from the late 1930s into the 1940s.
My diary notes that my first night in Bolivia was spent
in the Hotel La Paz - the exact price is not stated but
the Boliviano, the currency of that time was 33,000 to one
Pound Sterling. One of the parked cars/ automobiles has
a diplomatic plate for the Yugoslavian embassy.
Leica lll F with a collapsible Leitz f 5 cm 1:3.5 lens.
Film Kodak Plus X Pan at F 5.6 - 1/200 second with orange
filter x 4. The camera was on loan and my film was cut from
bulk rolls and loaded in a re-loadable leica cassette. It
was a convenient low cost way of carrying film but not ideal.
The film had to be loaded in the dark and static electricity
always attracted dust which shows on the negative. Developed
by hand in La Paz using May and Baker Promicrol at normal
Negative: Bolivia 61-76-27 ©