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Snapshot storefront: Las Vegas Camera Club opens a space at ArtSquare

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The Las Vegas Camera Club set up shop in Downtown’s ArtSquare this past week.

Geoffrey Ellis and Bryan McCormick of the Las Vegas Camera Club have been hosting analog-based photo events and classes, screening documentaries and selling Polaroid-friendly film and gadgetry—even building hacked-up cameras like the FrankenCam from the Polaroid Big Shot.

To call them camera buffs would be an understatement. These are the guys behind the Vegas Vernacular project, which had photographers documenting Downtown signage before it disappears. Camera Club owner Ellis is a Vegas and San Francisco-based photographer. McCormick, who re-skins and repairs old Polaroids, has been omnipresent at Downtown events, shooting with his instant cameras.

This week they set up shop, literally, in their new home at ArtSquare, where they’ll offer classes; rent out, repair and sell instant cameras and parts (they’re dealers for Impossible and Mint); host member photo walks with their collection of Polaroid “box type” cameras; and provide a library for club members. The operation should be up and running mid-April. Now you can finally try that Polaroid transfer.

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