Camera Rescue started in 2010, in Finland with a bunch of keen photographers that really cared about film cameras. We work to preserve cameras for the future generations. Our goal has been to reach 100 000 rescued cameras by the end of 2020 – in May 2020 we have rescued slightly over 80 000. From one to thousands at a time, we rescue cameras from any time period old or new, working or broken. Trade in your old or unwanted camera equipment for cash, and help us with our goal.
In the past few years more and more young people have discovered film photography, embracing the imperfections, the slow-down and the tactile feeling of using film cameras. To help all these new people into film photography, we actively look for the cameras hidden away in cupboards and attics to give them new life. We believe that getting into film photography is hard enough without having to battle with light leaks, inaccurate shutters and broken lenses. That is why we check and repair the cameras that come through us.
Our effort to save these cameras is our way of helping film photography stay alive so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same camera selection that we are enjoying. Producing new film cameras at a price available to most people will not be feasible for many years, if ever, so keeping the current stock of cameras alive is crucial.
Checking and repairing cameras requires investment in expertise and equipment, so making smaller, national units is impossible in the current market. To sustain expertise and equipment it is important we have to work across borders, which is a challenge in culturally, geographically and legislatively diverse Europe. We also try to stretch outside of Europe when we can. Our main office is in Tampere, Finland, but we also have offices in Helsinki and Paris, as well as freelancing crew members in Spain, Germany and the USA, among other places.
The core team running the project, this website, our social media channels and the software development consists of Misa, Juho and Eetu. You can contact us with firstname.lastname@example.org or the contact form.
We work with many freelancers to get localized assistance for bigger rescue operations. You are free to contact your local crew member with any questions
The France team:
Jules, Stefan and Adrien
Working at the office of our Parisian partner Nation Photo, Stefan, Jules and Adrien can both check and buy cameras in any quantities with a central Parisian location. Stefan is also available for travel, if larger collections need to be assessed.
Spain and Hispanoamérica
Nicolas Llasera is a well known figure in the Spanish and international analog photography scene.
The US and East Europe:
Jordan, a Californian by origin, has lived the past few years in Europe. He can be contacted with questions about the US or if you happen to have a bigger lot within smart distance from Budapest.
Roman “@r0man0ff” Kalygin
Roman is a frequent sight at our HQ in Tampere, where he has both trained with Cameramakers and done his world famous camera flatlays! He can be contacted for any inquiries from the EAEU via email@example.com
Belgium and Netherlands
United Kingdom and Norway:
Arild Edvard Båsmo
Arild is part of the Camera Rescue team and can be contact, in Norwegian or English, about anything related to Norway or the UK. He is from Norway but moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to study 4 years ago and knows both the Norwegian and British community well.
Reach Arild via firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonas works at the Tampere office in Kamerastore.com and can be contacted about anything related to Sweden in Swedish, Finnish or English.
Reach Jonas on email@example.com