Drem

DREM stands for the abriviation of Dr. Emil Mayer, born 1871 in Böhm, died 1938. In June 1938 he and his wife committed suicide to prevent being persecuted by the Nazi regime.

He was a Viennese street photographer in the early 20th century. He was almost certainly the greatest of the European bromoilists in the 1920s and 30s. He and his wife  committed suicide in 1938 when the Nazis annexed Austria and much of his work was destroyed. Besides being a photographer he also wrote books and made photo albums the street life in Vienna.

Viennese Types, by Dr. Emil Mayer, Bromoil Printing And Bromoil Transfer, By Dr. Emil Mayer, First Edition (1923) This book introduces one of the great photographers of our century, Emil Mayer, a turn-of-the-century Viennese street photographer whose prints were largely destroyed by the Gestapo after his suicide in 1938. Viennese Types is Mayer's surviving masterwork, a recently discovered portfolio of original prints that is published here for the first time. It is by any measure one of the most extraordinary collections in the literature of photography.

He also produced (extinction) exposure meters like the Cinephot, Dremoscop, Instoscope, Justophot, Justodrem, Instocine, Dremophot, Trix, Cinemeter, Leicascop, Dremlux and Contaxcop.

Later in 1935 he switched to electric light meters like the Drem electric, Electrodrem and the Electrodrem super. After his suicide the Drem company was placed under control of  "Uher Apparatenbau" in June 1938.


  Manufacturer: Drem
Type: direct reading
Sensor: Selenium
Year: 1939
Type of measurement: direct
Sensitivity: 4 ~ 21 ° DIN /  ASA
Aperture : 1.4 ~ 22 / 14 ~ 31 S.
Exposure time : 1/1000 ~ 2H
   

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Dr. EMIL MAYER, Wien ca. 1939
DREM Electric
letzter Belichtungsmesser der Firma DREM, 2 Messbereiche und Brillantsucher
Nach dem Selbstmord von Dr. Emil Mayer im Juni 1938 wurde die Firma unter Zwangsverwaltung der Firma UHER Apparatebau in Wien gestellt.