Afghan Box Camera Site - A Must See
For those who have not see this site, please check it out. Great stuff and very analog!
This site has just been updated. It gets better and better. Don't miss the Peshawar section.
Last edited by CMB; 11-30-2012 at 05:58 PM. Click to view previous post history.
I'm working on a 4x5 afghan box. Plan to use Harman Direct Positive Paper to eliminate negatives. Tube developers would probably be best with 4x5s as to keep the camera's dimensions down.
Used, broken bellowed, or unrepairable, crown graphics are best for this. You can find a busted 4x5 for cheap on ebay. I would just make sure it has a 4x5 back and ground glass.
Upon entering that site I was irritated about the designation "box camera", as another type of camera is typically described by that. But to the uninitiated that designation surely will seem very apt, so I think it is well chosen.
They use basically identical cameras in Cuba, India, and I am sure many other places too. Box camera does indeed seem to be a misnomer, since these are really more akin to a tin type camera than to a box camera. The images I have seen elsewhere seem to show old Kodak folders as being the basis for the picture taking part of the machine, certainly there are plenty of 116 and 122 folders out there for cheap that could easily be adapted to this sort of thing.
Here's a sort of "professional" outfit from the 1910s: http://www.vintagephoto.tv/mandelette.shtml
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Chris Wroblewski published a fantastic book on street photographers from around the world a few years ago called "Smudgers" (apparently it's what the English used to call street photographers). The book is long out of print, but Chrish has just released a E Book for 5 Euro. If you can't get hold of the book (I was lucky enough to fluke one) then I'd recomment getting the E book..
Originally Posted by desertratt
We have repeatatly tried to reach you. This is the answer we emailed you and posted on Kickstarter after you commented on the last update
"Dear H., we're very sorry to hear about your grievances. After you posted on Kickstarter on October 15th that the postcard hadn't arrived from Afghanistan, we posted to you in the first week of November a personally printed box camera photograph - we certainly haven't given you the cold shoulder. Please email us at email@example.com to confirm your address and we would be more than happy to make another attempt - admittedly it is a little bit strange for two items to go astray in the post so maybe it is an address issue. We take our commitments to our kickstarter supporters very seriously - in two years of running kickstarter campaigns we've had over 200.
Best wishes, Lukas & Sean"
Please email us - we would like to refund you.
How to build a box camera film
in addition to the how to build a box camera manual we have now completed a film we shot in 2012 in Kabul with a carpenter.
Have a look here