Hermann Bardorf 9x12

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The camera shown in the picture is described by A. D. Abring as 9x12cm plate camera with "Periscop Rapid Aplanat" lens[1], made by Hermann Bardorf in Berlin in 1901. It is a folding bed camera with a unique brass shutter. Hermann Bardorf owned a drugstore in Berlin-Moabit. He became known as industry photographer who also taught photography. It is not known whether he made that camera or if he just sold it.


  1. Abring, H. D.: Von Daguerre bis heute Vol. 1, Herne 1990 , page 61 , image No. 171