This Book is a Camera

This Book is a Camera

Artist and designer Kelli Anderson has created a pop-up book that turns into a working 4×5 camera with a few cuts and folds of the paper.

Anderson explains:

“I wanted to make a working camera within an educational pop-up book—one that connects the dots between design and science / structure and function.”

This Book is a Camera

The book doubles as a pinhole camera, a variation of a Camera obscura, a simple camera without a lens and a single, pinhole-sized aperture.

This Book is a Camera

Wikipedia says it’s ‘effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.’

The book comes with detailed instructions, a lightproof bag and a starter pack of photo paper. There’s no assembly but you will be required to pour ‘developer’ into a tray and slosh the photo paper around to create your image.

This Book is a Camera

The project was supported in part by the Adobe Creative Residency.

You can buy the self-published book through Kelli’s website.

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