Arizona Camera Museum Celebrates Photography

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An incredible display of the technology that makes photography possible is now open.

The Arizona Camera Museum just opened in Flagstaff’s Market of Dreams, a safe space for small businesses to grow and promote a vibrant multi-cultural society. The museum joins other unique local businesses in a creative, entrepreneurial environment. It’s a great fit for an exhibition that aims to preserve historic, vintage and unusual cameras for generations to come.

Cameras have been capturing moments in time since the 1800s with the creation of daguerreotypes- the first publicly available and commercially successful photographic process with images on silver copper plates. More than 100 years later, in 1948, giant camera company Polaroid released the first instant camera that printed photos in just one minute. Since then, there have been numerous technological advances that have changed the way we see the world. Cameras are more easily accessible and user-friendly than ever before.

The Arizona Camera Museum gives Flagstaff residents and visitors a comprehensive look at all this and more, presenting an exclusive opportunity to explore the development of cameras over the course of history. The entire family will enjoy this chance to take a step back in time through these amazing cameras. Visitors can take advantage of community classes like  “How to Take Better Pictures,” “How Does a Camera Work,” and “History of Photography.” And for those who want to take something home, there is a variety of camera and photographic merchandise available for purchase.

According to the official Facebook page, the entire experience at the Arizona Camera Museum will leave the visitor with a better understanding and appreciation of the film photography process from simple to complex.

The Market of Dreams (Mercado de los Sueños)is located at 2532 E. 7th Avenue in Flagstaff and is open Tuesdays  and Fridays from 6-9 p.m and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Prospective visitors can also make an appointment. A $5 donation is kindly suggested for adults and $3 for children. For more information, please call (267) 506-9810 or email [email protected]

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