Field Camera

Field Camera

Collectible Vageeswari field camera from the 1950s/60s

Vageeswari cameras were designed and manufactured by K. Karunakaran from Kerala. The origin story told is that in 1942 a photography studio approached Karunakaran’s father, who was good at fixing veenas and harmoniums, to repair the bellows of their foreign made field camera. The father refused but 16-year-old Karunakaran took up the challenge. Learning from this repair work he ended up making his own field camera, with every part except the lens (imported from Germany) made by him. The camera he invented revolutionised studio and field photography in India because it was much more affordable and because studios no longer had to wait for cameras to be shipped from abroad.

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