Cameras (Pic: Camera Rescue)
(Pic: Camera Rescue)

Camera Rescue, the Finnish repair hub, has launched a new global survey of the analogue photography community.

The #SaveAnalogCameras 2020 survey was launched on Thursday (9 July), a follow-up to its original survey back in 2017. The survey has been masterminded by a “brilliant student, Amelia Nguyen, who is studying at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland.

Camera Rescue said: “In 2017, we did a survey on the global analogue photography scene to understand the future of analogue photography. The survey went absolutely viral and gathered over 7,000 responses and a wide following under the hashtag #saveanalogcameras. The results were widely used by the community and the small entrepreneurs betting their livelihoods by believing in a future for film.

“For us at Camera Rescue the results gave also a very clear signal on what was missing in Europe to ensure film photography would be available to the next generations and since then, Camera Rescue has been on the quest of saving 100,000 analogue cameras by the end of 2020.”

It added the new survey “gives the analogue community a unique opportunity to get some hard data on its growth during the last three years, which most of us feel has been extraordinary, but has never really been studied.

“If this survey spreads as the previous one did, the data set of what is happening in analogue community and market should be strong enough to persuade some of the bigger corporations around photography to at least look twice at the results. The conclusions, when ready, will, of course, available to everyone both through the academic instances, but also as articles summarising the conclusions.”

The new survey can be found here.

Stephen Dowling
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