Cameras - Tools or Objects of desire?



Cameras - practical tools or objects of desire?

The shift to digital is inevitable and the impact of digital technology to our everyday life is undeniable, but in  parallel a kind of nostalgia for the past develops.  A movement backwards, toward
an imaginary past:  nostalgia for modernity and the twentieth century, the era of the pre-digital, pre-post-modern.



Three camera formats ( 13x18, 6x6, 35mm )



Cameras are integral part of the photographic process but there are also - as much as models -  objects of desire, addiction and seduction. Here comes another idea, that of the collection and the collector.

Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project. Trans. by Howard Eland and Kevin McLaughlin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.
"What is decisive in collecting is that the object is detached from all its original functions in order to enter into the closest conceivable relation to things of the same kind. This relation is the diametric opposite of any utility, and falls into the peculiar category of completeness. What is this 'completeness'? It is a grand attempt to overcome the wholly irrational character of the object's mere presence at hand through its integration into a new, expressly devised historical system: the collection. And for the true collector, every single thing in this system becomes an encyclopedia of all knowledge of the epoch, the landscape, the industry, and the owner from which it comes. It is the deepest enchantment of the collector to enclose the particular item within a magic circle, where, as a last shudder runs through it (the shudder of being acquired), it turns to stone. Everything remembered, everything thought, everything conscious becomes social, frame, pedestal, seal of his possession. It must not be assumed that the collector, in particular, would find anything strange in the topos hyperouranios -- that place beyond the heavens which, for Plato, shelters the unchangeable archetypes of things. He loses himself, assuredly. But he has the strength to pull himself up again by nothing more than a straw; and from out of the sea of fog that envelops his senses rises the newly acquired piece, like an island. -- Collecting is a form of practical memory, and of all the profane manifestations of 'nearness' it is the most binding. Thus, in certain sense, the smallest act of political reflection makes for an epoch in the antiques business. We construct here an alarm clock that rouses the kitsch of the previous century to 'assembly'." (2.4-5, H1a,2)


Zeiss Ikon - IKOFLEX family ( Coffee Can, Ic, IIa,  Favorit )



In what follows I present some pictures from my personal cameras collection. It is by far not complete but occasionally I would add more thoughts, images and descriptions. 

Categories:
  • LF - Large Format Cameras
  • MF - Medium Format Cameras
  • 35mm Cameras  
  • Pinhole and Polaroid Cameras 
  • atelier / studio / office / workshop


LF - Large Format Cameras


Wood Camera 19th century. Liesegang Ebersdorf  lens.

Wood Camera 19th century. Liesegang Ebersdorf  lens.


Wood Camera 19th century. Liesegang Ebersdorf  lens.


Nagaoka 4x5 / 9x12 Wood Camera ( Japan )


Nagaoka 4x5 / 9x12 Wood Camera ( Japan )








MENTOR Atelier Reflex 10x15


MENTOR Atelier Reflex.
Linhof Super Technika V ( Germany )

Linhof Master Technika ( Germany )

Linhof Master Technika Lenses. 


Mentor Atelier Reflex 9x12, Graflex Speed Graphics 4x5, Linhof Master Technika 4x5



Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphics - Looking through the ground glass.

MF - Medium Format Cameras


Plaubel Makina 67, Japan.

Plaubel Makina 67 ( 6x7 ), Japan.

Asahi Pentax 67, Japan.

Asahi Pentax 67 ( Japan )





Hasselblad 501 CM 6x6, Carl Zeiss Planar 2.8/80 ( Sweden ).



Hasselblad 501 CM 6x6, Carl Zeiss Planar 2.8/80 ( Sweden )  - expired polaroid.

Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex Favorit 6x6.



Mamiya C220, Sekor 80mm f2.8


Voigtländer Bergheil, Heliar 4.5 10.5 cm ( Germany )
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531 ( 4.5x6 )







Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531 ( 4.5x6 )





Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor 56/2


Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor, Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex Favorit

Zeiss Ikon - IKOFLEX family ( Coffee Can, Ic, IIa,  Favorit )



9x12


DAYI 617 - Panoramic Camera 6x17. China.

DAYI 617 - Panoramic Camera 6x17. China.

 

 

35mm CAMERAS

Zeiss Contax IIIa, Opton 1.5 50mm  RF  ( Germany )

Nippon Kogaku Ur-Nikon F ( Japan )

Nippon Kogaku ( Ur Nikon F ), Japan.


Nikon FE2, Nikkor 1.2 50mm AIS ( Japan )



4 generations of Nikon / Nikkor lenses ( 24 mm f2.8 non AI, 28mm f3.5 PC, 50mm f1.2 AIS, 50mm f1.4G AF-S  )









PINHOLE and POLAROID CAMERAS 

4x5 ZeroImage Pinhole Camera 


4x5 ZeroImage Pinhole Camera 



4x5 ZeroImage Pinhole Camera 

Zero Image 612b pinhole


Zero Image 612b pinhole



Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid 4x5 back. 


Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid 4x5 back. 
Polaroid SX-70. Impossible film. 





STUDIO / ATELIER / OFFICE / WORKSHOP




digital vs. analog











so some photograpic planning and research ... 


doing some analog writing ... 

place is always a problem ...


Vintage cameras in my art space



Analog cameras in my art space


Analog cameras in my art space




Hasselblad 501CM - expired polaroid.


4x5 Nagaoka Wood hand crafted camera. Made in Japan. 



Pentax Spot Light meter.


Coffee and Photography



doing some cleaning ... 


modifications ... 


repairs ... 







analog vs digital - Nikon F ( Nippon Kogaku ) and Nikon D800E.













































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