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The Retro Lens: Vintage Photography Day

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A Sunday packed with all things analogue
On Sunday 21st May, the South Australian Maritime Museum is proudly presenting a fun, family-friendly festival celebrating all things analogue!

Come join in the festivities on Retro Lens: Vintage Photography Day and discover the lost art of vintage photography – the way we captured our world before the advent of the smartphone.

Held from 10am to 5pm, The Museum will be buzzing with a jam-packed program of FREE interactive activities, tours and workshops with museum admission (bookings are not required).

  • The Beastie -Andrew Dearman demonstrates his all in one camera and developing lab The Beastie around the streets of Port Adelaide.

  • Silhouettes - Camera Obscura - A Steam Punk camera obscura—made from an upcycled copper kitchen flue― is displayed in the Museum. Sit at the drawing table and trace the silhouettes of those standing in front of the camera – Jane Austin style.

  • On a Paper Moon and Mr Bond's Studio - Long before Instagram, you could get your pic taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, people sat in the crescent of a smiling paper moon as if lifted to the stars. Mr Bond set up his studio in Port Adelaide in the 19th century. Hundreds of local families had their portraits taken against its staged scenery to mark special events. Dress up in our vintage clothes, pose against your favourite studio set, and take home an instant black and white snapshot from two portable photo booths.

  • Paper Pinhole - Designed for children (ages 4-10), this activity enables children to make and decorate a simple pinhole camera from a takeaway wok box.

  • Shadow-catchers: Camera-less photography - Photograms are made by placing an object in contact with a photosensitive surface in the dark and exposing both to light. Children and adults use objects from the Museum's collection to create and take home a truly unique piece of artwork.

  • Hidden Portraits scavenger hunt - Search for hidden portraits throughout the Port. SAMM owns over 1000 glass negatives from Port Adelaide's Bond Studios. These whimsical often whacky images will be hidden in businesses around the Port for you to find.

  • Exhibition: Undiscovered / Hidden Port - Enjoy the photographic exhibition by Tony Kearney, Danica Gacesa McLean and Sandra Elms highlighting the Port's hidden heritage. Also visit Undiscovered, a new photographic exhibition by Michael Cook.

    "The Retro Lens Festival will be an opportunity to learn about pre-digital forms of photography and create beautiful prints using various analogue techniques. There will be so much on offer and many activities will be included with museum entry" enthused Senior Curator Lindl Lawton. "Visitors can also enjoy the current exhibitions on display in the museum, Hidden Port: Brought to Light; a photographic exploration of Port Adelaide's heritage by three local photographers and Undiscovered a new exhibition by celebrated photographer Michael Cook."

    With such a diverse range of activities and events on offer, The Retro Lens: Vintage Photography Day is a must for lovers of photography and history.

    Download the full program and start planning your visit today!

    For more information on what's on and ticket prices, please visit

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    When: Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am-5pm
    Where: South Australian Maritime Museum
    Cost: Adult: $12.50, Concession: $8.00, Child: $6.00, Family: $29.50
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