Collection Appareils, An Incredibly Vast Online Archive of More Than 10,000 Analog Cameras

Irwin Lark ‘sardine can’, 1940

Collection Appareils is an incredibly vast online archive of more than 10,000 cameras spanning the history of analog photography. Each camera in the archive is accompanied by a photograph, as well as technical and historical data. The archive is the work of a French camera collector, Sylvain Halgand, who personally owns around 1,800 cameras and has been running the site since 1999. Halgand discusses Collection Appareils in this (French language) Reportages Photos interview. The project can be followed on Facebook.

The Argus C3 Matchmatic (1939-1966)

Haneel Tri-Vision, 1946

Compagnie Francaise de Photographie Photosphere no1, 1899

Argus Lady Carefree, 1967

photos via Collection Appareils

via Messy Nessy Chic, PetaPixel

E.D.W. Lynch
E.D.W. Lynch

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