Focus on cameras

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Dilish Parekh with some of his 4,425 cameras. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The German-made Bessa II. It was once used by the royal family of Japan. IRight) The Swedish-made Hasselblad. Photo: Photo Unit//IGNCA

A string camera (left) and a Rolleicord camera. During the Second World War, such cameras were used on bombers to take pictures of the damage done by the bombs dropped. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

Two other pieces in the show. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

Parekh entered the record books in 2003 with 2,634 cameras. In 2007, he broke his own record. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The photographer S. Paul taking pictures of the exhibition. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The Royal Mail Postage Stamp camera. It could take 15 stamp-sized photographs at a time. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

Panoramic camera, which has a 180-degree view. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The daguerreotype camera, which was royally showcased, is the for all practical purposes the world's first camera. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The extremely rare Leica 250. "Only 1,000 of them were produced and there are only seven pieces remaining in the world," said Parekh's son Jay. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

The renowned French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was known for using the Leica. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

Parekh had come to New Delhi with 40 cameras but went back with 44. Four families of the city (members of two are in the picture) gifted their old cameras to him. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

A miniature watch camera. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

D.N.V.S. Seetharamaiah, the exhibition's curator, explaining the daguerreotype camera to visitors. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

Miniature cameras, often called spy cameras. Photo: Photo Unit/IGNCA

A recent exhibition in New Delhi of vintage cameras provided a window into the long history of the camera and photography.
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