Polaroid cameras hobbyist’s passion sparked after a 1998 photograph

Mr Brandon Ong has about 70 instant cameras, some of which are displayed in his bedroom.
Mr Brandon Ong has about 70 instant cameras, some of which are displayed in his bedroom. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
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Instant camera hobbyist Brandon Ong, 32, is the proud owner of a collection spanning the history of Polaroids - from Polaroid's Model 95, the first instant camera to be sold commercially in 1948, to the OneStep Plus camera by Polaroid Originals which came out this year.

Since 2013, Mr Ong has amassed about 70 instant cameras, which he buys from local and overseas collectors, online retailers and flea markets such as the old Sungei Road Thieves' Market.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2018, with the headline Polaroid cameras hobbyist’s passion sparked after a 1998 photograph. Subscribe