Camera rescue announced that he was starting a basic camera technician training program which is expected to start in April of this year. The program will last four months and will train eight people in the basics of testing and maintaining film cameras.

Camera rescue is based in Finland and started in 2010 when a group of photographers who really cared about film cameras came together with the goal of preserving them for future generations. The group’s goal was to rescue and repair 100,000 cameras by the end of 2020, and they have come close: to date, they have repaired just over 85,000 film cameras and have over 4,500 more in service at time of publication.

“In recent years, more and more young people have discovered film photography, embracing the imperfections, sluggishness and tactile sensation of using film cameras,” the organization writes. “To help all of these new people get into film photography, we are actively looking for cameras hidden in closets and attics to give them new life. We think it’s hard enough to get into film photography without struggling with light leaks, imprecise shutters and broken lenses. This is why we check and repair the cameras that pass through us.

Just because the group hasn’t quite reached their repair goal doesn’t mean it’s having trouble finding cameras to repair: quite the contrary, it seems. Currently, the group has four camera technicians and three camera mechanics. This group inspected and repaired more than 25,000 cameras in 2020 alone, and with an increasing amount of work in sight, Kameratori Oy (the Ltd company employing the team) is looking to hire more people.

The only problem is that nowhere in the world is there a training program in place to repair and inspect film cameras in concert with TAKK (Tampere Adult Education Center) and the local employment office (TE-palvelut).

As such, Camera Rescue seeks to fill this gap and revitalize the nearly lost profession of analog camera repair. The group says that the training period will be very hands-on and will aim to give a comprehensive overview of all the different types of cameras and equipment that go through the repair process and to leave these trainees with enough skills and knowledge to take them through. inspect properly.

“The program also includes several weeks of related theoretical study – including the basics of electronics, materials and 3D printing,” writes Camera Rescue.

Camera Rescue says the goal of the program is to strengthen the team in Tampere, and applicants should be prepared to relocate to the city permanently if the program results in a job offer.

“An additional two-year training program to become a camera mechanic is being developed and can be offered to camera technicians interested in the more artisanal aspect of the camera world – camera repair,” the organization continues. .

The program is free and there are no costs for the prospective student. Quite the contrary, in fact.

“You will be paid all the time,” writes the organization. “During the basic camera technician training program you receive the unemployment benefits that you would have anyway (the amount is based on your recent work history in Finland). After the basic training, those chosen to stay in the program will get a job and a salary.

At this time, the only rule for enrolling in the program is that you must live in Finland and this is currently only in place due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Europe. Eventually, if the program is successful and Camera Rescue pursues it, there doesn’t seem to be a problem with anyone, regardless of their background, applying to become a camera technician. In fact, the organization actively encourages it.

The application period ends on March 22, interviews will take place from March 29 to 30, and training will begin on April 12. You can find the application, written in English and Finnish, here.

(Going through Kosmo Photo)

Updated 10/5/21: Camera Rescue announced that he achieved his goal of saving 100,000 cameras.

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