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Finland rescues 100,000 cameras by 2020
Our dream is to contribute to the global analog photography community by doing what we do best. In celebration of Finland’s 100th anniversary we united the mechanical camera expertise of our small engineering nation under one common goal – to rescue 100,000 cameras by the end of 2020. For us, rescuing cameras is the act of finding cameras that suffer from neglect or need to be repaired and getting them to the hands of new users.
The goal that we set years ago was achieved in May 2021. Now the projects focus is moving from quantity to quality and education. We want there to be cameramakers also in 2050 and to make sure that happens, we started a school in 2021.
While we rescue 100,000 cameras, we also aim to pass on the expertise of mechanical camera maintenance and manufacturing to a new generation. We need there to be ample competent mechanical cameramakers in 2040. The following companies are working to achieve this goal.
The largest second hand camera retailer in Northern Europe is the main buyer for items sold through Camera Rescue.
A mechanical camera repair company based in Helsinki, Finland, that has been around since 1974 and employs five technicians.
A camera shop from Espoo, Finland, run by a family that has been servicing the Finnish photography community since the 1930s.
A French film lab and photography store.
A photography store in Joensuu.
CatLABS specializes in traditional photographic equipment, from large format cameras and lenses, to film processing and darkroom gear.
For a copy of the Camera Rescue logo and identity guidelines, head here.