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Kine-Exakta 35mm SLR by Ihagee c.1933

June 2022: Ihagee and the Exakta by Vladimir Khazan

The June 2022 ZOOM meeting features Vladimir Khazan, PHSNE member and photo historian. His presentation will cover the Dresden camera maker IHAGEE and its pioneering Exakta cameras Sunday, June 5, 2022, beginning at 7:30PM EDT. Johan Steenbergen, a Dutchman, founded Industrie-und-Handelsgesellschaft in Dresden in 1912. The name was shortened to

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The Universal Vitar 35mm camera, assembled from leftover parts

The Universal Vitar: The Spare Parts Camera & The Univex Story

To appreciate the Universal Vitar, one must first know how it came to be. Universal Camera Corp., with headquarters in New York City, was founded in 1932 by Otto Githens and Jacob Shapiro. The company produced several cameras during the 1930’s and 1940’s starting out with less expensive plastic cameras and moving

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Welcome to PHSNE

The Photographic Historical Society of New England, Inc.

Welcome! Our members bring their curiosity, enthusiasm, and knowledge to bear on every aspect of photo history, from the earliest experiments to the present day—and tomorrow. We welcome your participation and support of our society.

Our monthly meetings, programs, publications, shows, online resources, and other activities offer many ways for you to explore the world of photographic history and collecting—starting right here.

Join us! Start by signing up to receive our free monthly email newsletter.

(Left-right; top-bottom) School Outreach director with students at Photographica 88; early Kodak #1 image from "The Grand Tour Travel Album," 2017 Journal; in-person show & tell, 2019; elegant Simon Wing multiplying camera, 2018 Journal; 2017 Journal cover; October 2021 snap shots; "Magic Lantern Show" with Dick Moore, March 2020; "The Mysterious Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson," 2019 Journal; dealer table at Photographica; 1940s Spartus Press Flash, 2017 Journal; "The Hexagon (spy) Satellite," 2021 Journal; Debby Harry, Andy Warhol, and the Polaroid Big Shot; 2016 Journal.


Monthly presentations online and in-person


Annual camera and image show, sale, and auction—the largest in the region

School Outreach

We support students in secondary school and college with donated cameras and darkroom equipment


Snap Shots newsletter and the annual PHSNE Journal


Write articles, curate archives, inspect donated cameras, help with auctions ... and lots more


New member discount for the first year


Continuing membership keeps PHSNE clicking


Cash and camera equipment donations are most welcome

Contact PHSNE

Use the form on our contact page to get in touch. We welcome your questions and comments.

Contact PHSNE

Use the form below to get in touch. We welcome your questions and comments.

From the Beginning

PHSNE's mission is to celebrate and preserve photographic history


Officers and the board are elected by members to guide the society

Board of Directors

Members volunteer and are voted onto the board by the membership

In Memoriam

We acknowledge the contributions of members


Bulletin Board

Coming Up

June 5 – Vladimir Khazan on the camera firm Ihagee and the Exakta

PHSNE Snap Shots and monthly meetings pause during July & August. The September Snap Shots arrives in late August; the next meeting in early September.

Check the PHSNE website for updates, email notices, and new features. Don’t forget to take pictures. Got film?

A Big Thank You!

To everyone who participated in this year’s Photographica 89 Sale, Show, and PHSNE Auction

Get ready for 2023: PHSNE’s 50th year and Photographica 90

Dealers contact show manager John Dockery through the