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Adelaide Photographic Market 2016 - Review

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Take a trip into photographic history just one day a year
The Adelaide Photographic Market is a treasure trove of all things photographic and a few things that are not. This market, which is held once a year, usually on the first Sunday of May, is wall to wall cameras of all shapes, sizes and descriptions along with lenses, books, tripods, film, projectors, umbrellas, bags, DVDs and much more.

Even having been married to a photographer for many years, I was stunned by the number of box brownie and bellows style cameras available, many of which I have only ever seen in a museum. It was a true mix of the young and the old. There was today's contemporary Nikon, Canon, Pentax and then there were yesteryear cameras such as Yashica, Poloroid, Cosina, Minolta, Praktica and Mamia.

There were lenses as far as the eye could see of all shapes and sizes, all at trash and treasure market prices and for the film buffs, there were old cartoons playing on projectors to keep everyone amused.

Cheap photographic magazines were the order of the day, along with a range of books for sale including vintage Photographic Almanacs and books on many and varied topics, not just photography.

This market was packed with people along with goods for sale. Stall holders come from a range of backgrounds, with some being enthusiasts selling their long loved but now excess treasures, others are retailers selling excess secondhand stock. Regardless, all goods on sale were reasonably priced and there was a range of experts available who were more than happy to have a chat about all things photographic.

There was something for everyone, you could even get a hot drink and pie with sauce!

This year, as in previous years, the market has been held at the Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Terrace, Norwood. The market is organised by the Photographic Preservation Society of South Australia; please see their website early in 2017 and future years for the dates and location of future markets.

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Why? Delve into the history of photography at this amazing trash and treasure market.
Where: Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Terrace, Norwood
Cost: $5
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Annette, the committee is asking for permission to use your photos from the 2016 market. Would credit you. Would that be OK? -David
by (score: 2|555) 1223 days ago
Jolly good coverage of 2016. yes, the Market is an Adelaide institution and, like much of Adelaide, tends to hide itself away!
The 2017 market is on Sunday 7 May. I myself will offer DVDs of classic photographers, plus vintage movie films in celluloid. - David Donaldson 8267 5069.
by daviddon (score: 2|210) 1227 days ago
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