View Full Version : Argus Museum Photo Show Sept 12

08-14-2008, 12:22 PM
Here is the official announcement:

Vintage Argus: Contemporary Images

September 12 - October 12, 2008
The Argus Museum, 535 West William Street, Ann Arbor

Argus cameras were at one time the largest-selling American-made 35mm cameras, and until 1962, were made in Ann Arbor Michigan. Although most of those cameras are at least 50 years old, they are still capable of making great photographs. Through the efforts of some talented Michigan photographers, you will be able to view contemporary photographs made with these vintage cameras. Be prepared for images quite unlike those that appeared in the family snapshot albums. Members of the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3) have put together a fine exhibit of images at the Argus Museum that will delight and inspire. The exhibit is sponsored by the Argus Museum, A3C3, and the Michigan Photographic Historical Society (MiPHS).

Show opening reception, Friday, Sept. 12, 6-9 pm at the Argus Building, 535 West William St., Ann Arbor. The exhibit is free, and open to the public, 9 am- 5pm weekdays, and Sunday Sept. 14 9 -6 pm, as part of the Old Westside Home Tour.

Contacts: Mark O'Brien - phone: (734) 971-6033, email: mfobrien@gmail.com; Cheryl Chidester - phone: (734) 769-0770 email: arguscurator@onealconstruction.com; MiPHS - phone: 248-549-6026, website: www.miphs.org

I am selling T-shirts to promote the event, which can be ordered here:


09-06-2008, 03:06 PM
UPDATE: Sunday, 9/14 --- the actual times are noon to 5 pm, NOT 9-6!

I hope some local APUG folks can see the show.


09-06-2008, 04:56 PM
Since I live within walking distance of the Argus Bldg, I definately plan to see it. Thanks for the posting.

09-17-2008, 03:32 PM
Just a follow-up on this. I walked over to the Argus Bldg to have a look at the exhibit. Not large in square footage, but interesting nonetheless. Argus started (under another name) as a furniture company in the late 1800's. Then they then built table top radios when the furniture bus. slowed and finally moved into cameras which were produced until the late 60's which is just about when I moved to Ann Arbor.

The exhibit contained many examples, if not all, of their models. I didn't realize they were into some things on display, such as the predecessor to the smart bomb and 35mm enlargers that utilized the camera body as the enlarger lens. Anyway, snapped a couple of pics.

09-18-2008, 07:56 PM
Well, Actually the furniture factory was just the first tenant, and IRC -- the company that made radios, and then changed its name to Argus came later. Ann Arbor played an important part in the amateur 35mm market -- more so than Kodak's cameras.