"Brownie in Motion," a roving large-scale art installation, darkroom, and actual functioning camera all rolled into one, is a project by artist Stephen Takacs. Get to know more about it after the jump!
The Kodak Brownie is one of the more iconic and most significant cameras in the history of photography. After all, it helped make photography accessible for the masses and is also a predecessor of the point-and-shoot cameras that we have today. Now, Columbus, Ohio-based artist Stephen Takacs ‘s Brownie in Motion features a giant camera obscura modeled after the Brownie. It’s not only an eye candy that would surely make photography buffs drool, but also a working one at that!
It was last year when Takacs was finally able to realize the dream of making this project and, and with the help of institutions, have his camera tour certain cities in the United States. Unfortunately, though, his choice of photo paper was recently discontinued, and so he’s appealing to the public for help. In line with this, Takacs intends to create a series of portraits of "artisans whose highly-specialized skills are in the verge of extinction. He elaborates, “In our fast-paced, technologically-driven world, fascinating skills and stories are lost each day. Through the lens of the camera obscura, I would document the lives of the movie projectionists, the blacksmith, the paper maker, the quilter, even your local radio repairman.”
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