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 continued this research until he perfected the Daguerreotype, a print made on silver that was used up until the mid 1850s. Daguerreotypes and other formats (e.g. cyanotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes) were made with wood cameras, which were essentially camera obscuras with lenses, allowing for clearer image refraction.
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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Slice of Calcutta with CoffeeThe New Indian Express, October 3rd
This brings me back to the notion of Kolkata's dichotomy, so beautifully portrayed at The Corner Courtyard. I am reminded of the photographs on the walls, vintage cameras and record players in the decor and, just like that, find myself wrapped up in a...Read more
Rolling… Action!The Hindu, October 3rd
I decided to follow his lead, and picked up one of the antique cameras, and set the lights to his signature style. While I wanted to use a telephoto lens to mould him, I chose to capture the seriousness on his face with my favourite ultra-wide lens...Read more
Extreme Makeover, Camera Edition: Wood VeneersPetaPixel (blog), September 29th
Photographer Tyson Haslam has an interesting hobby: he takes vintage cameras and gives them a new look by replacing the rubber grips and various other panels with wooden veneers. Unlike photographer Patrick Ng's wooden-styled Canon F-1n, which we ...Read more
From Milan, the Accessory Grand TourInternational New York Times, September 27th
title her whimsical Charlotte Olympia collection “I married adventure,” and packed it with sandals embroidered with maps of Africa, flats with hand-painted and enameled leopards at the back, and sparkling evening clutches that looked like vintage...Read more
Vintage camera museum in GurgaonWeb India, September 27th
A vintage camera museum has added new colour to the cyber city Gurgaon , that has been successfully emerged into another knowledge hub after Bangalore and Hyderabad. The museum is placed with the rare collection of 700 cameras, few of them dated ...Read more
Saddleworth photographer develops interesting shots with huge vintage cameraSaddleworth Independent, September 14th
A Saddleworth photographer has brought a giant piece of the borough's manufacturing heritage back into use after finding it in the stores of Gallery Oldham. Over the last two years Ian Beesley has been working with the gallery as an artist in residence...Read more
California Courts Protect Red Light Camera Collection AgencyTheNewspaper.com, September 3rd
GC Services California's second highest court on Thursday blocked a class action lawsuit against a red light camera collection agency. Motorist Richard Howard had filed suit against GC Services after he received notices falsely claiming that he owed...Read more
25 Fun (and Cheap!) Gifts for Your BossBusiness News Daily, October 15th
This adorable pencil sharpener is a great gift for the boss who loves art and photography. Shaped like a vintage camera, this is a fun and practical addition to any desk. It can adjust to fit the size of most pencils and has a removable tray for easy...Read more