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Film: Gandolfi & Sons, camera makers of Peckham, London est. 1885

There's a delightful accessible online 1974 short BBC documentary of elderly Gandolfi brothers of Gandolfi & Sons camera makers of Peckham, London which company had operated in the area for over 100 years. The artisan nature of the skilled brothers at the end of their camera crafting working lives has one of the brothers in distinctive 'artisan accent' poetically and poignantly ending the clip with "For soon my fingers will fumble, and in my hands lie my life" resigned he will not be making his cameras anymore of their world renowned precision handmade crafting.


And while we're at it here's another 1981 clip of the Gandolfi brothers ;

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