I HAVE A small collection of vintage cameras that are often described in photography manuals as amateur or ‘point & shoot’. Amongst them, there is a Kodak Instamatic 33. An easy-loading 126 film cartridge camera produced between 1968 and 1973. I particularly love the family photos my Mum made with this camera in the 1970s. The ‘errors’ of composition and exposure are my favourites. They form the beginning of my fascination with the ‘snapshot’ and my own examination of the endless rules that bookend the question ‘how can I take a better photograph?’.
Rather than allowing my collection to sit gathering dust in the back of a cupboard, I have decided in the spirit of exploration or experimentation (I can’t decide which) to actually use them. Some I have never used. Others I used many years ago but consigned them to that back of the cupboard as digital seeped into my working practice.
Here you can find links to each camera or you can use the menu above. Currently, I have posted about my Lubitel 166U. More posts about other cameras coming soon.