How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection into Wall Art

How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection into Wall Art

Melissa DiRenzo
Jul 11, 2015

In today's age of digital photography, vintage cameras are more like pieces of art, and as with any art collection, it's nice to have them on display to enjoy. I love my DSLR and phone camera, but I miss deciding what moments deserve of one of my precious 24 captures, or the anticipation of opening an envelope of freshly-developed photos. Displaying vintage cameras is not only a stylish way to decorate your space but also is a great, nostalgic conversation piece when you have guests. Here are 10 ways to turn your vintage camera collection into wall art.

It's no surprise, being the vintage and photography lover than I am, that I have my own collection of vintage cameras. I just have them on a shelf, but recently I decided to turn one of them into a piece of art. I posed for this photo taken by my photographer friend Maya Visnyei, and it's part of a photo series as well as the first step in a mini living room makeover I'm working on in my loft.

Here's another example, this time from Art of 66, of how to mix cameras in with a few other favorite things and an interesting background to create an eclectic display.

An easy way to show off your collection is to make them the feature of a wall on their own shelves like the above example from Design*Sponge.

A single turquoise camera provides a pop of color in this stark black-and-white collection featured on Alt for Damerne.

You can literally hang them on the wall as art, like in this collection from MW Classic Cameras.

Or you can frame them individually or as a group (or both), as in this wall of cameras featured on Digi Foto Pro.

It also seems appropriate to use photography as a way to showcase your camera collection. This blown-up, inexpensive, black and white print is available as a free download — bonus! — from Design Editor.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

If you don't have room to display your actual cameras or perhaps you don't have your own collection but would like to admire someone else's, you can display a photo series of the collection, like this one featured in Photographing a Collection.

Or have images of your beloved cameras printed on a pillow. Finally — cameras you can cuddle!

(Image credit: Gregory Han)

In Alysia's California apartment above, her 40-plus vintage cameras are displayed with other vintage and natural ephemera.

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