Over 100 cameras at photography enthusiast’s home

2014-10-01 00:00

AT 76, Aziz Vanker is still passionate about photography and an avid collector of old cameras, camcorders and projectors.

Vanker has a collection of more than 100 cameras displayed in one of the bedrooms in his home.

The oldest is a 1920 Kodak Brownie camera.

Vanker said all the cameras were still in working condition, but they no longer make film for them.

“It is my hobby to collect anything connected to photography,” said Vanker.

He said he first fell in love with photography in the 1950s and still has his first camera, which was given to him in 1952.

“I take photographs of landscape, buildings, flowers and natural scenes,” he said.

Vanker has also converted part of his garage to display more of his cameras.

As the eldest at home he was forced to leave school at primary school level to help his father run their shop at Manderston farm near Thornville.

“I never regretted this decision because under my father I learned a lot and after 11 years running the family business I opened my own shop in Thornville,” he said.

After retiring 16 years ago, he focused on taking pictures during his annual trips abroad.

Vanker has been to the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in India, Spain, Russia, Brazil, the U.S., Jerusalem in Israel and Canada, among other far-flung destinations.

“Everywhere I go I take pictures of the scenery because it is easier to show people where you have been when you take photos,” said Vanker.

He said pictures take him down memory lane.

He said he began his collection by gathering together his own cameras that he had been using over the years and by asking family members and relatives for their old cameras.

“I do it as a hobby and if people want to bring their old cameras they are welcome to send them to me,” Vanker explained.

He said he is interested in collecting old makes like Leica, Contax, Pentax, Hasselblad, Voigtlander, Mamiya and Speed Graphic press cameras.

He said people are welcome to view his collection and he would also like to see theirs.

He appealed to those with old cameras that are lying unused to contact him at 033 394 1713 or 084 965 4440.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.