Camera Museum Closed moving to Sedgefield.

Ian Fleming has been a camera enthusiast for some time. Let’s just say longer than most have held a camera. He has spent a lifetime in darkrooms, with negatives wrapped around his fingertips, and chemicals defining his scent. He is everything that is camera.

He has spent a lifetime getting to know cameras, old and new. He speaks an unspoken language with his insight, development and artist creation of imaging.

Over the years of transition, and heartbreak, that is the digital era, Ian has recreated the marriage of light, with analogue equipment and has a desire to show the world his.

With persistence, he has created a collection, and not just any collection: A collection that spans through time. Sure he has a shelf or few of cameras that never made the cut, but many other shelves that did. A collection that showcases a history of photographic legacy, and a collection that inspires.

A history of imagination: Imagine you could see the images that were taken over time. Imagine being able to see every shutter result of every camera in his collection? So does he, and sadly that is the purpose of history sometimes. To see what we cannot see. Ian has built a family of retired individuals, over worked and vintage mechanical masterpieces, and given them a home. His home, The Ian Fleming Photographic Collection.

A collection of this magnitude is worth writing about. Ian has one of the biggest collections in Africa and boasts a diverse collection of still and movie cameras.

One of his prize cameras is a 1926 Graflex. One of the first interchangeable lens cameras ever manufactured, and still in working condition. Proving this he has a series of phenomenal monochromatic images shot with the camera on display in his museum.

Besides this vintage wooden gem, his collection spans from medium format, to twin lens and cine cameras. As well a masterful collection of the history of 35mm camera generations and much more.

A variety of light meters and various other odds and ends completes his list of classic camera paraphernalia. Not to mention he has a working monochrome darkroom a few feet away where enthusiasts can enjoy the recreation of analogue splendor.

Words by,

Warren Fleming

Senior Photographer-Master Printer-Olympus Ambassador

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