April 16, 2007

Horst Wenzel never met a FILM camera he didn't like

I started hearing about this guy named, Horst.

A bit of a legend. Photographer and great portraitist Alex Waterhouse-Hayward had nothing but great things to say about him. If you visit, his site you can a see fine portrait of Horst.

Horst's name also started popping up on all sorts of sites on photography. Alex calls him "the Merlin to his Excalibur."

You see, Horst Wenzel is the FILM camera repair technician to some of the best photographers in Vancouver and even has his fans on the other side of the world.

I really wanted to meet him and finally did at the Vancouver Camera Show on Sunday. Then I visited his home workshop where Horst and I had a chance to talk about his craft at a time when digital photography is dominating the profession.


  1. Alex Waterhouse-HaywardApril 17, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Dear Mr. Lee,

    Thank you so much for your mention. In order to let your fans see a picture of Horst Wenzel please link your blog not to my web page but to the particular blog in question which is:


    Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

  2. I met Horst while I was a photography student in Vancouver and after meeting him over a camera repair I arranged to craft a photo essay on the man for a class project. Getting to know the man and his wife as I did has been one of the true riches of my life. Horst is a skilled technician, but more importantly, a wonderful man.