Camera Donation Program Seeks to Keep Film Photography Alive
In an effort to continue providing students with a balanced education in the craft of fine art photography, the photography program in Mason’s School of Art is collecting tax-deductible donations of manual 35 mm film cameras to be used by students who enroll in beginning photography classes at Mason.
The goal is to collect 80 – 100 cameras in good working condition that have a functioning light meter and are capable of working in manual mode for full adjustment of shutter speeds and f/stops. Medium and large format cameras will also be accepted.
Each semester, more than 70 students enroll in beginning photography classes which are open to anyone interested in learning the fine craft of traditional photography. Creating a collection of donated cameras will provide students access to the required cameras used in the course without having to purchase their own.
“Students who enroll in the beginning photography classes typically have the curiosity, but not necessarily the equipment they need,” says Feerick. “As people begin to embrace the digital age, we suspect that they have forgotten 35 mm film cameras tucked away in their closets. These cameras could find a new home in the School of Art.”
More information about the camera donation program can be found here.