Still going strong in Milan: Italian technician has been repairing analog cameras for nearly 60 years


posted Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM EDT


Gian Luigi Carminati has spent the vast majority of his 76 years repairing cameras in a small Milan workshop. His incredible technical skills are on display in the video below, directed by David Drills.

Over the course of Carminati’s career, he has seen photography change dramatically. When he started, he says that “35mm was all the rage.” As he continued to work on cameras, which were all film for a long time, of course, the digital age came and Carminati feared that his career would be ending. His workshop remains open, however, so his worst fears did not come to fruition. Cameras, especially older ones, can rely heavily on small, precise mechanical parts. It is Carminati’s job to fix these and as he points out, no two cameras are exactly the same.

On the topic of analog versus digital, Gian Luigi loves the surprise of analog. Having to wait to find out if you have a good image or not is an appeal for him, rather than a downside to analog photography. Black and white photography is his favorite, “true photography is black and white,” he says.

(Seen via ISO 1200)