Richard Nordin was born in Rainy River, Ontaria in 1947, and came to B.C. in 1971. A Biologist and teacher at UVic, he earned a PhD from UBC in 1974, and worked for the B.C. government. He is an authority on Hasselblad cameras.

Hasselblad cameras were first made beginning in 1949 as the result of the vision of Victor Hasselblad who felt that a high quality modular camera using film larger than 35 mm but more convenient than large format sheet film would find ready acceptance by photographers. For more than 60 years Hasselblad has been the standard by which all medium format cameras are judged and has been used by a wide range of photographers from wedding and fashion, portraiture, industrial, scientific and art. Hasselblad cameras received particular recognition as the primary film camera for the NASA space program.

Nordin's The Hasselblad Compendium provides systematic and detailed descriptions of all Hasselblad equipment made up to the beginning of 2011 and the history of the company. Included are all the production cameras, lenses and accessories as well a many rare and unusual items. 1120 photographs are included to augment the text. Tables of equipment codes and information on production numbers and dates of manufacture are provided. An included DVD contains much additional information including instruction books, factory brochures and catalogs, hundreds of related documents and more photographs.


The Early Hasselblad Cameras (Yakima, WA: Historical Camera Publications, 1991)

The Hasselblad Compendium (UK: Hove Books Limited, 1998)

Hasselblad Compendium (revised and updated)
Publisher: Cloak Hill Communication, 2011) $60 / ISBN: 978-0-9869188-0-3 [non-fiction, reference book, 368 p]

[BCBW 2012]