Hong Kong’s camera guardian: why David Chan has spent 60 years collecting vintage photography gear

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  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong’s camera guardian: why David Chan has spent 60 years collecting vintage photography gear” – below is their description.

    “They are works of art”, says David Chan as he describes the massive collection of vintage cameras he has assembled in his Hong Kong shop over about 60 years. Though Chan buys and sells some equipment, he considers himself more of a guardian of vintage photographic gear, on a mission to help future generations see the beauty of camera craftsmanship. Support us: https://subscribe.scmp.com

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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  • 1 thought on “Hong Kong’s camera guardian: why David Chan has spent 60 years collecting vintage photography gear”

    1. Splendid! Now I know why I must go to HK.

      I had a Rollie. Lost it. Damn! Still have my Hassy C and 40mm as used by Adams and Nikon w 105mm lens plus a whole suite. Had in me young hands a Leica M2. Young idiot as I was, had no idea of the art I was holding.

      You absolutely right about the rewind stroke: like a Swiss clock!

      Please advise store name so I can find you, sir.

      Most sincere thanks for your efforts and, yes, sir, I am with you 100% on all this.


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