Blast from the Past: Photography ‘Holiday Camp’ Video from 1961

This is pretty cool, and might just give you a good laugh at the same time. Go back in time and see what a photography ‘holiday camp’ (read: photography workshop) was like back in 1961, as what look to be a bunch of very amateur photographers try and learn to better compose and set up shots of beautiful women.

The video was uploaded to YouTube a few days ago by British Pathé, who does a great job of summarizing the content but doesn’t seem to have much more info beyond that.

It comes off as a bit comical to us — especially given how often the narrator points out that these ‘chaps’ are more interested in ogling the subjects than photographing them — but British Pathé believes this is the “Butlins/Butlin’s” holiday camp. Whatever the case, we hope you enjoy this fascinating bit of retro humor.

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  • David Campbell

    A bit of semi-related trivia: Butlins is the holiday resort where Lennon and McCartney offered Ringo Starr the drummer spot in the Beatles. Starr was there performing with his band at the time who had a summer gig there. This would have been the year following when the video was made.

  • gochugogi

    We haven’t changed much save for the amount of shutter clicks going up considerably. Some really cameras in that group.

  • Nicholas Agri

    Where do I get my “Official Photographer” blazer?

  • Samcornwell

    Those blazers are Butlins’ red coats.

  • Alex Huff

    The best part is seeing the sexy little light meter in action.

  • Peter

    I can’t believe the instructor was actually man handling the models. Absolutely taboo these days

  • Robert Morgan
  • Leigh Smith

    He was man handling the photographers too >_>

  • don draper

    Mad men

  • Tim

    The sad part is noticing he’s got his own shadow on the incident meter!