Inder worked in and around photographics for almost his whole
life, starting with a local newspaper he and his brothers produced
in their family home in Manly in the 1930s. During his career
he photographed over a thousand weddings, was the founding force
and general manager of Camera Houses of Australia, and helped
develop the Promura range of camera lenses.
Norman started the Acid Free Photo Album
Shop with his wife Sabine in 1990, not only introducing the concept
of 'acid free' photo albums, but also nimbly nabbing pole position
in the Yellow Pages telephone directory. I recall the tremendous
number of people who would stick their head into the shop simply
to find out what an 'acid free' album was, and most of them would
leave with an album or two; testament not only to Norman's quiet
and charming salesmanship, but also his philosophy of only promoting
worthwhile products which people would be happy with. Just about
everyone became a 'return customer'.
Over the years, many people shared their
photos and their stories with Norm, Sabine and myself, and though
our own holidays were rare, as is the way with a family business,
we felt as though we travelled the globe constantly, and always
had friends to talk with.
Norman retired from the business officially
in 2008, but it was so much a part of this life that he couldn't
stop coming in most days. He was pitching in right up until March
2018 when the showroom was closed and the business went exclusively
Norman Inder passed away peacefully on
12 October 2018 at the age of 90, and is missed greatly.