The French website Collection Appareils is an impressive online archive of over 10,000 vintage cameras, each with pictures and information!
A titanic work managed and curated by Sylvain Halgand, who classified models by brand, from Ace to Zion, including of course some famous brands such as Canon, Leica, Nikon or Fuji, but also forgotten brands like Lachaize, Cornu, Lumière or Sem.
‘This is the setting for the community-run Sörbyn Lodge.
In the bar we chatted to locals about winters here in Lapland: four hours of twilight, 20 hours of darkness, and temperatures regularly down to -30C.
Photographs by Michael Grolys
Aurora activity at Sorbyn
Wrapping up against the cold, and grabbing head torches and cameras, we spent a couple of hours on the frozen lake and managed to capture shots of the swirling columns of turquoise, purples, and yellow lights that danced across the sky.
View of the Arch of Constantine from the Colosseum by Gioacchino Altobelli (c1865)
Photographs of the act of photography were common in the 20th century but less so in the 19th, when every negative was a challenge to make.
One had to contend with tricky chemistry, cumbersome glass plates and large cameras, so each picture was carefully premeditated – and no photographer would allow a camera to interrupt his or her picture so noticeably unless he or she wanted it there.
Perhaps, then, this image was produced as part of an advertisement for Gioacchino Altobelli’s own enterprise