The World’s Largest Collection of Camera Film

Stamps, coins, comic books, and baseball cards. Those are some of the popular things people around the world collect as a hobby. Not Ying Nga (Cecilia) Chow. She collects unprocessed photographic camera film.

Chow, a photography enthusiast based in Hong Kong, China, started collecting different films back in 2008. Since then, she has amassed an impressive collection of over 1,250 different films, ranging from ordinary films that are still in use today, to obscure old Russian films that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere on Earth. The collection features films by over 100 different brands from 30 different countries.

On June 30th, 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded her the record for “Largest Collection of Unprocessed Film.”

Chow is the owner of a small analog photography shop called FilMe, and is on a mission to keep analog photography popular among Hong Kong residents.

She was recently interviewed by a Hong Kong news station bbTV regarding her collection:

Photographer Michel Mijonju Jones paid a visit to the collection as well while it was being exhibited at camera store in Hong Kong:

Chow should meet up with TM Wong, the Hong Kong-based camera collector who owns over 1000 instant cameras. Wong’s cameras would love being filled with Chow’s collection of Polaroid films, though Chow would be getting the short end of the stick if that were to happen.

(via Pixel Analogo)

  • Snap Draggin’

    I’m absolutely sure this is how the lettuce drawer I keep film in the fridge in looks to my wife

  • Filmy Film

    I enjoyed Ying Nga’s work with Wu Tang Clan

  • Nicholas Wee

    I will be going to Hong Kong next month. Can somebody tell me where is the location of this th
    is shop.

  • jdm8

    Store it unrefrigerated like that, and it will become the world’s largest collection of unusable film sooner than later.

  • Samcornwell

    I hope that’s a refrigerated room.

  • Guest

    Do you think she really cares? She’s collecting it, not acquiring it to use later…

  • James Donahue

    Need to shoot it. A lot of money just sitting there doing nothing.

  • sierrarobba