Antique and vintage cameras are valued by collectors for many reasons, from the historical significance of 19th century wood cameras to the fine optics of classic vintage Leicas. Kodak and Polaroid are two other big names in camera collecting, as is Bolex in movie cameras.
The principles of the camera obscura - a simple light projection box - have been understood for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the late 18th century that Thomas Wedgwood discovered he could make simple prints using silver nitrate exposed to the sun. Over the next 100 years, a series of technical advances brought cameras into everyday life.
Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre formed a partnership in 1829, and figured out a new chemical bath for prints, which shortened the exposure process to eight hours. Daguerre co...
It wasn't until George Eastman's 1885 invention of film that cameras got smaller - with his Kodak film loaded in, you would send the whole camera back to the factory to have it developed. Oskar Barnack began experimenting with 35 mm film in 1914 and built some prototypes of what eventually become the Leica I, the first practical 35 mm camera, released in 1925.
More improvements came when Kodak introduced the Retina I, the first camera to use a modern 135 film cartridge. Photography soon became affordable to all, even before the 1947 introduction of Polaroid's instant camera.
Development of movie cameras kept pace, building atop the basic slide projection technology (magic lantern) which had been in use since the 1500s. The first movie cameras were developed around 1888, and Thomas Edison produced the first copyrighted film in 1894. In 1895, the Lumiere brothers of France first showed off their 'Cinematographe,' a handheld combination projector and camera, in the first commercial public film screening.
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The Universal Camera Corporation found great success in the early/mid-1930s by selling very inexpensive cameras and film. Univer… [more]
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Lomography - La Sardina Beach Cameras EditionThe Dieline (blog), June 20th
The chic folding wooden beach chairs and the 60's vintage summer look at the Côte d'Azur were the inspiration to develop this entire plastic/canvas camera collection. The body of the camera is covered with striped canvas, shaped with a glossy white frame...Read more
Support small businessSouth Bend Tribune, June 18th
The Tribe was a Mishawaka fixture for decades, a strong supporter of many local organizations and causes, and even a community gathering place as people came from miles to see my grandfather's antique camera collection or the one-of-a-kind orchestrion...Read more
L'appli Vintage Camera, pour patiner vos vidéosL'Express, June 11th
Grâce à ses filtres et à ses lentilles, 8 mm Vintage Camera donne à vos vidéos une touche vintage (années 20, années 70, noir et blanc) très tendance. Tout y est: le grain caractéristique de la caméra huit millimètres, le patinage de la pellicule, le...Read more
History through lenses of vintage camerasHindustan Times, June 1st
The museum, one-of-its-kind in the country, came up in the basement of Arya's sprawling house in Gurgaon two years back and boasts 400 vintage cameras, some dating back to the 1880s. In fact, not just cameras, the museum also has on display - neatly ...Read more
The Camera Collection That Shot Some of the World's Most Famous PhotosGizmodo, May 27th
William Eggleston is a photographer who rose to prominence in the 1970s for his photos of American life, many of which are now iconic. Those decades of pictures have come from dozens of different cameras, and Eggleston himself was kind enough to share ...Read more
The Collectors: +Citizen's Drew Klonsky snaps up vintage camerasPortland Business Journal (blog), May 24th
The Collectors: +Citizen's Drew Klonsky snaps up vintage cameras. Drew Klonsky, CEO of +Citzen, behind one of the displays of vintage bellows. View Slideshow. Cathy Cheney | Portland Business Journal. Drew Klonsky, CEO of +Citzen, behind one of the ...Read more
This Is Just a Part of William Eggleston's Extensive Camera CollectionPetaPixel, May 23rd
Want to see what the camera arsenal of a world famous photographer looks like? A photographer whose work fetches millions of dollars at auction? Check out the photograph above (larger version here). It was shot by photographer William Eggleston for WSJ ...Read more
William Eggleston's CamerasWall Street Journal, May 21st
CASE IN POINT | Eggleston shot this portrait of one of his three camera-filled cases using a digital camera. 'I don't particularly like using it,' Eggleston says. 'Technology and I don't really get along too well.' ...Read more