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Calling all shutterbugs: there’s a spot in Publika you need to know about. Bang Bang Geng came about when the owner, Koon Yik gave up his day job in computer sales to pursue his passion in film and cameras. The gallery-shop space is filled with photography paraphernalia, from century old vintage cameras to tiny disposable ones.

What’s truly amazing is that all of these cameras, including one that dates back to 1914 are still fully functional. The cameras are displayed in glass cases all around Bang Bang Geng. You can even find old photographs dating back to 1864 and the American Civil War. Those days, photographs were made by a technique called wet plate.

Koon Yik is more than happy to take you around the space and tell you about all the cameras. Unfortunately, none of the really old cameras are for sale. However, you can purchase an old compact camera from 1997, unopened and in mint condition for RM300. If you’re wondering where you can find camera film, the Bang Bang Geng’s got it. They also offer services such as film developing, scanning and printing.

We suggest you swing by during the weekend. That’s when Koon Yik displays all his cameras in the gallery. (On off peak days, he stores them in boxes to preserve and protect them). After this whole wave of nostalgia, all we want to do is dig through our stuff, find that old film camera at the back of the cupboard and start shooting.

Stephanie Boey

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