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This Fascinating Short Film Is About A Man Who's Repaired Cameras His Entire Life

This short, 2-minute video briefly explores the life of a 76-year-old man who's spent his whole life repairing old cameras with just a set of simple tools and a lot of time.

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In a small workshop in Milan, a gentleman, who describes himself as a 'technician', has taken care of old cameras all of his life, repairing them with just screwdrivers, an abundance of care and a hell of a lot of patience.

The film's creator, David Drills, was drawn to Gian Luigi Carminati's workshop as the window is lined with old cameras that are just too fascinating to walk by and ignore. 

"We got the chance to spend some time with him and he was happy to share with us topics like why the analogue is still better than the digital, his 60-year-old long relationship with photography and how technology shaped the approach to this art," says David. 

Gian doesn't have a website that promotes his business, nor does he have a smartphone. Instead, his way of life, just like the cameras he repairs, is very analogue and it's rather refreshing to see.  

"If I could talk to a camera, I would thank her because photography has played a big role in my life," says Gian. 

When Gian started his journey, 35mm was all the rage but when the digital age arrived, it did make Gian doubt if he'd have a place in the world anymore. However, his business is still going strong and what's more impressive, it's just word of mouth that brings people to his door. 

David's team wanted to bring a 'poetic touch' to the short film so that it would mirror the poetry of Gian's shop and words perfectly and they've certainly achieved that. The video is a beautiful and touching tribute to a man who's played a small but vital role in the lives of many photographers. 

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