• argus c3 rangefinder camera

    Vintage Camera Project

    I love studying the history of photography and some of you may be aware that I have a small vintage camera collection. I think that’s why I have been learning about vintage/alternative photo processing over the last year. Learning and understanding how early photographers worked helps me hone my own art/craft and forces me think outside the box.  This concept leads to my most recent project; what I’m calling “Vintage Camera Project”. Here’s the basic idea: I’m shooting “portraits” of my classic cameras and then processing them with a vintage look. Some will then be made into photo transfers onto wood panels. I will be featuring my favorites here on my blog over the next few months.

    argus c3 rangefinder camera


    First up, the Argus C3 Rangefinder- this camera was mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The C3 was a low cost rangefinder and according to Wikipedia, Argus sold about 2 million units, making it one of the most popular cameras in history. Based on the serial number of my Argus C3 it was produced in 1950. This camera was commonly referred to as the “brick” by photographers because of it’s metal construction and weight (this thing does feel like a brick!).

    So, this next image is the final result of my photo transfer to wood. I first learned about this technique in alternative photographic processing class this past Spring at Phoenix College. However, I didn’t try the technique until recently, after seeing a tutorial on instructables.com- I will write a future post on the entire technique, start to finish.