Situated along Jalan Kledek in the heritage Kampong Glam district, it is Singapore’s first Photography and Vintage camera museum and hosted in the world’s largest camera shaped building. While the museum showcases about 1,000 vintage cameras dating from the 19th century to modern times, the founders have more than 7,000 vintage cameras in their personal collection, which has taken them close to 20 years to amass.
A collection is not made overnight, especially a vintage camera collection. It takes years and sometimes a lifetime. You cannot be an impulsive buyer otherwise you might get burned. You go thru a process of learning like where to buy, what to buy, which cameras are highly collectibles which are not, what is the right or ideal price for a certain piece and so on. You have to be very careful not to go over your budget. You have to get information of the world market prices for vintage cameras.
To acquire something that is rare is like owning a treasure. But i suppose it gives more meaning as a collector if the collector can share this to other people for them to see and appreciate. For me, a collection, to be meaningful, should be shared with other people. If you keep it to yourself then you deprive yourself the respect you can gain from your passion and the knowledge other people could acquire from your collections.
The cameras come from all over the world and it is one of the single largest such collections in the country. They often have both a historical significance and a provenance that is interesting to all. There are not any open camera museums in Singapore since collections are often private. A lot of history of cameras and photography is written and displayed esthetically in the museum.
There are also cameras specially made for use in WORLD WAR TWO FIGHTER PLANES. It is almost impossible to see so many rare cameras in one venue. More fascinating is the collection of spy cameras. These range from pigeon cameras to a Japanese machine gun camera.
The Click Art Museum section filled with artwork hand-painted by the museum’s co-founder AP Shreether was created for amateurs and pros to practise their photography skills on.
With gorgeous, bulky cameras sitting pretty on glass display cases that are themselves packed to the brim with more recognisable cameras from the 70s and 80s, Vintage Camera’s Museum is a must visit location for photographers – young and old, professional or amateur. It is a place where you will see and experience the wonderful history of photography and will also be able to appreciate how today’s photography has evolved.
Please feel free to browse my blog post (click on the link below) on my past visit to the camera museum in Georgetown Penang set up in a straits eclectic style shophouse. Where else could be a better place to showcase the history and evolution of cameras in the heart of Georgetown, filled with that nostalgic atmosphere from the yesteryears?