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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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2017-01-21 Voigt Camera:

Hello Cathy,    The Voigt is a fairly simple amateur folding bellows camera, made during the late 1940's in several minor variations in the USA for sale and distribution by several different companies

2016-12-14 Kemco 16mm homovie movie projector:

Hello Scott,    The Kemco Homovie system was introduced by the Kodel Electrical & Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati in 1929.  It's unique in that it takes standard 16mm film, but uses a crazy mechanical

2016-05-06 old leica camera:

Hello Robert,    This is an example of a Leica IIIb camera, an otherwise fairly common model of 35mm coupled rangefinder camera, that was specifically requisitioned from the Leitz factory in March of 1940

2016-03-22 Brownie Camera Lost for Years:

 Hello Patrick,    Given the parameters that the temperature and humidity would be constant and never extreme, yes, an image that had already been taken on the film 40-50 years ago could still be developed

2016-03-13 huttig lloyd camera:

 Hello Debbi,    There is no reason that your great uncle could not have acquired this camera during his combat duty in WWII, except this model is actually significantly older. The Huttig firm did not


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