Many members of the PCCGB have their own websites – some are to dedicated to specific makers such as Nikon, some are on specific countries, eg UK camera makers, others are on images – eg cartes de visite, while others feature examples of photographs taken with old or obscure photographic processes – eg wet collodion.
If you have a website please get in touch and we will be happy to add you to this page along with a link to your site.
Ron Cosens (member No. 1)
www.cartedevisite.co.uk a family history site all about UK & Eire photographers, their studios and their customers 1840 – 1940….
Get information from the world’s largest collection of British and Irish carte de visite photographs and related data.
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John Marriage (member 2474)
I am a photographer with an interest in experimentation and abstraction. Inspiration comes from shapes and colours often literally abstracted from the environment, and from looking sideways at the world. I use both digital and traditional methods, including home-made and large-format equipment taking pictures on film or paper.
I was for 16 years and 60 issues the Editor of Photographica World, the journal of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain. I also research historic cameras, writers on photography and photographers.
David Gardner (member 796)
My website is dedicated to Great British Cameras. Not all of them are technically brilliant, not all are beautiful to look at, not all are expensive, few of them are rare, but they are all British-made and appeal to me because they are either well made, quirky, have interesting design or operational features, are pretty, are ugly or (usually) are a combination of some or all of these!
I don’t pretend to include all British cameras, there is a huge gap in the wood and brass department, I just include those I have in my own collection – a reasonably representative sample of some very interesting Great British Cameras!
If you can add anything to what I say about these cameras I’d be pleased to hear from you.
Nigel Richards (member 501)
I have been collecting cameras since the late 1960’s. The start of the collection was when, at the age of eight I was given a coloured Kodak folding camera that belonged to my Great Aunt Mable. This was no normal folding Kodak, it was a turquoise Vanity complete with case, box and even the inner wrapping paper. This got me interested in photography. Various cameras came and went, most bought from what became Vintage Cameras in South London. My first new camera was a Zenith 3m and I very quickly bought a 135mm telephoto lens for it and got into club photography. Initially the collection consisted of anything that clicked. Later when finances allowed it grew. I concentrated on Sub-miniature, Coloured Kodaks, Brass and Mahogany and Victorian Images.
The collection increased at an alarming pace when I joined the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain and discovered that there were others out there like me.
My main interest is Sub-miniature especially Minox. I will occasionally use the cameras but for serious photography I still find you can’t beat a big negative, and to try and apply my almost lost skills as a photographer. I am now a member of Sandbach Photographic Society in Cheshire
John Wade (member 30)
I am a sort of semi-retired freelance writer and photographer, which means that instead of writing and taking pictures for other people and earning a decent wage as I once did, I now spend my time writing and photographing only what I enjoy for a lot less money. This includes books on classic cameras and social history, plus regular pages in Amateur Photographer magazine, where I write some technique articles, but mostly about classic film cameras and early digital. My website is chiefly a showcase for my books – titles, what they cover and where to buy them – plus a look at some of the rarer cameras in my collection, which is fairly eclectic.
Find me at www.johnwade.org
The majority of walkies are unposed, the photograph had already been taken by the time the person knew what was going on (as shown in the example here top). So they really are a snapshot of the times, as well as a unique glimpse of the fashions and streetscapes of the day.
The images and information are proving a help to collectors, and family history researchers. Other types of seaside holiday portraits are also being studied, such as the stuffed animals used by Sunbeam in Margate – including this camel!
For more information visit the Go Home On A Postcard website, author Simon Robinson will be publishing a book on the subject in the near future – full details on the website
Paul Cordes (member 3931)
I’m looking for anything relating to Newcastle/North East area . Cameras and images, ephemera etc.
If you have any information on Mawson and Swan, and Hurman cameras and also images by W&D Downey, Lyddell Sawyer, Edgar Lee etc please contact me.
Find me at:
Frederic Hoch ( member 3768 )
I am interested in early camera and optical items. I’m an author of books and articles on the subject and world famous expert.
I was thirteen years old when I discovered the magic of photography.
For over three decades, I went to all the main photographic auctions and exhibitions in Europe and UK. I also accumulated a large number of rare pieces as a collector.
In particular I look for : cameras from the first years of photography, equipment for the daguerreotype and collodion processes, multi-cameras with multiple lenses, miniature and spy cameras, all-wood tropical cameras, early cine cameras and magic lanterns and first daguerreotypes.
Find me at : www.appareilphotocollection.com
Reference site for collectors of vintage cameras
This French based website has a huge amount of information on vintage cameras, with easy to search functions to find makers, models, instruction manuals and much more. Although primarily in French it has many English language pages, and using google the pages can be translated easily enough.
Free to anyone, registering will allow you to join in the forums, which cover the repair, use and research of a vast number of cameras.
Use the links below to view the main parts of the site: