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I'm an expert on all types of antique and classic CAMERAS, vintage PHOTOGRAPHS, and the 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; from daguerreotypes and tintypes to the black & white images by the 20th century masters. I can identify and appraise, explain techniques and processes, offer insights on restoration and preservation, and provide guidelines for buying and selling.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for over 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:


BA and MA in anthropology

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2016-08-08 Bell & Howell Director Series:

Hello,    Other than the obvious sentimental value to you and your family, I'm afraid it's essentially a worthless old 8mm movie camera made by Bell & Howell in the early 1960's, extremely common, basically

2016-08-06 19th century photos:

Hello,    Very, very tough topic...    You asked: "How do I go about identifying the other people in this album?" Actually, probably you don't. If you're assuming that since you found a pic of Buffalo

2015-09-16 1920's Cornu Ontoscope stereo camera:

Hello,    Yes, it's a stereo camera, for making 3D pictures. This is an Ontoscope, a very typical European style stereo camera, made by Cornu of France in the 1920's, for 45 x 107 mm exposures on glass

2015-06-11 Ellis Tilter Camera tilter for tripod:

   Hello,    There's really no history to provide. It's actually a very generic unit. I'm not specifically familiar with Ellis, although I have seen the name on other vintage photo accessories over the

2015-05-04 Question about camera:

 Hi Derek.    What you have is generically referred to as a Yen camera. They were very common and popular in Japan during the 1930's, and then again for a short time after World War II. The camera came


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