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Camera Museum, Malaysia: History in the Making

The first museum of its kind in Malaysia, as well as in South East Asia, recently opened its doors to the public. Local photography fans can now take a journey through the evolution of the camera from the 19th century to its present day at the Camera Museum located in a two-storey pre-war shophouse in George Town.

The museum is the brainchild of seven young people -- Tony Ch'ng, 34; Najieb Ariff Nazir Ariff, 34; Christopher Cheah, 30; Venus Khor, 28; Lance Ooi, 27; Paul Lee, 27 and Adrian Soh, 26 -- who are professional photographers and lovers of the art of photography. Only a month old, it has already hosted programmes for the Obscura Festival during the recent George Town Festival 2013.

The collection of over 300 cameras include include the century-old Brownie, Kodak's first commercial camera; a 150-year-old American-made folding camera; the Rolleiflex, and the Graflex Speed Graphic, the most famous press camera; a tiny World War II Soviet Union spy camera, the 1938 Argus camera; an antique Daguerreotype camera and the French-made Le Minimus stereoscope, the 3D picture viewer of yesteryears.

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Photo: Camera Museum founders (copyright: New Straits Times)

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