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This is an atelier camera made between 1890 and 1900 at the R.A. Goldmann company in Vienna. It has been meticulously manufactured and records photos on “dry” glass plates with a maximum format of 18 x 24 cm. It is equipped with a portrait lens, produced in 1897 by Voigtländer & Sohn from Braunschweig (Germany).

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This is an atelier camera made between 1890 and 1900 at the R.A. Goldmann company in Vienna. It has been meticulously manufactured and records photos on “dry” glass plates with a maximum format of 18 x 24 cm. It is equipped with a portrait lens, produced in 1897 by Voigtländer & Sohn from Braunschweig (Germany).
The body of the presented camera is made of polished mahogany wood with brass fittings. It is connected to the fixed part of the back, with a rectangular prism covered with black book binding cloth, with its corners reinforced with brown leather, that moves on its base using a toothed mechanism and has brass knobs on the side of the camera. In the upper part of the camera body, a brass plate specifying the manufacturer is engraved with the inscriptions: FABRIK PHOTOGR. APPARATE / RAGOLDMANN / GEGR.- WIEN IV VICTORG. 14-1858.
The lens, in an impressive frame of polished brass, has the following engraved inscriptions on its side: Portrait Objektiv I/No 5./No. [serial] 50880/Voigtländer & Sohn/Braunschweig.
A three-legged tripod, made of varnished wood, can lift the camera by using a gear mechanism moved by a crank. In addition, the camera can be tilted by using a helical gear.
In Galicia, in the second half of the nineteenth century, most imported “luxury” goods, including cameras, came from the capital of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Vienna. It should be noted that Goldmann, a company operating in this city, had produced cameras since 1858 — that is less than 20 years after the invention of photography by L.J. Daguerre.

Elaborated by Marek Maszczak (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved

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Studio cameras

Studio photo cameras, also called gazebo cameras, were intended for taking portrait photos indoors. This explains the solid and relatively heavy design of the camera and tripod, allowing for the long exposures of photos.
Cameras equipped with cardboard bellows, covered with leather and canvas...

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Studio photo cameras, also called gazebo cameras, were intended for taking portrait photos indoors. This explains the solid and relatively heavy design of the camera and tripod, allowing for the long exposures of photos.
Cameras equipped with cardboard bellows, covered with leather and canvas, appeared in the 1850s, replacing heavier box-type designs of the sliding camera type. The use of lighter cardboard bellows not only deceased the weight, but also allowed for more precise focusing by sliding the front or rear section of the camera through the use of gears. Studio cameras, equipped with bellows of similar design, were still being made by some producers until the 1980s — an unusual phenomenon in the history of photographic technology.

Elaborated by Marek Maszczak (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved

See also:
Stereoscopic camera by Heinrich Ernemann A.G. Company
Atelier camera, R.A. Goldmann Company

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Atelier camera, R.A. Goldmann Company

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Przemyslaw Pawłowski
05/11/13 15:29
Bardzo fajnie zdigitalizowany eksponat;)

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