To understand any concept fully, one needs to understand its history. And so it goes with the camera as well. The Vintage Camera’s Museum features a detailed documentary on the evolution of cameras and its journey thus far. It also caters to the curious minds by screening interesting documentaries on some of the unique cameras of those days. One such invention was the pigeon camera. The documentary, describes in detail through photographs and rare videos involved in the making and usage of the pigeon camera. Another documentary on the Minox Camera, a.k.a. the spy camera which was used in espionage and famously featured in Hollywood detective thrillers, is also screened at the museum at regular intervals. In addition, the Vintage Camera’s Museum also has a rare collection of negatives, film rolls and books on photography.
A distinct feature of the museum is that one can take a ‘selfie’ with Lumiere Brothers, who were the pioneers in photography. Lumiere Brothers were French inventors and pioneer manufacturers of photographic equipment who devised an early motion-picture camera and projector called the Cinématographe. Besides, one can also take a photo with George Eastman, an American innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company and popularized the use of roll film, thereby helping to bring photography to the mainstream. The photo resembles that of the great George Eastman, gifting a box camera. Some of the cameras on display can be touched and felt for a complete hands-on experience. There is also a guided tour to help the visitors appreciate the functionality and limitations of the cameras. Cameras nowadays form an integral part of everybody’s life so much so that nobody realizes that a few decades back, it was a herculean task to document visual memories since it involved buying not only a camera, but also a film roll, and finding a photo studio to develop it and store it in an album as treasures. This is the day of instant gratification were every minute of one’s life can be recorded for eternity. However, for a photographic enthusiast, this Museum not only provides an insight on the history of cameras but also its usage and its evolution through the decades, right from the box camera which was invented in the early 19th century till the GoPro of the 21st century. The Vintage Camera’s Museum is a one of its kind in Asia, and will hugely benefit not just people with inclination towards photography, but also curious minds on how history has been documented visually through the past centuries.