Ghitelman, a clinical psychologist by training, was bitten by the
photography bug at an early age. His first real camera was a Kodak
Signet which was followed by a twin-lens Rolleiflex. His love affair
with Rolleis continues to this day and his unique position as one
of the world's foremost Hasselblad specialists might be attributed
to the square format Rollei of his youth. "When you hold a Rollei
it has a special feel of quality. The same feeling you get with
a Leica or Hasselblad. It isn't as though he's not ready for change
it's just photography as he knows it is black and white, not screaming
colors. For Gil, the subtle grays in a fine photograph are the true
Doris, Gil's wife, was
a freelance photographer and has been an integral part of the business
since its inception. They met when she sold him her friend's Hasselblad.
Gil's convinced this was the best deal he ever made although Doris
sometimes jokes that she should have taken it to more dealers!
the past 30 years Gil Ghitelman has been trading fine photographic
equipment. For thirteen years his shop, located in the heart of
New York City's photo district, was a hotbed of activity for collectors
of rare and unusual photographic gear but more importantly a professional
source for current equipment, especially panoramic/wide angle cameras
and Hasselblad. His stock of new, nearly new, and preowned equipment
of exceptional quality combined with the personalized service that
demanding professionals require, made his shop and now his Internet
location a valuable resource.
If you think mail order means placing orders with operators who never stood
behind a camera and, thankfully, not in front of one either, you'll find Gil
Ghitelman's operation a welcome change. He feels strongly that when buying
high end equipment one should be dealing with individuals as professional as
the equipment they sell.