Pinhole Papercams by Thomas Hudson Reeve

2012-04-17 11

Pinhole photographer Thomas Hudson Reeve has come up with an interesting concept for shooting: he doesn’t use a camera and he doesn’t even use film! Instead, he uses Papercams, pinhole cameras made entirely out of photo paper! Check out the awesome results below.

Photo via papercams

New York artist Thomas Hudson Reeve thinks modern cameras are great but likes to go back to the roots of camera obscura. Stripping away technology and sticking with the basic abstracts of photography, Reeve has lead the Papercams movement.

The artist. Photo via papercams

“A simple manipulation of space, a few materials, and a couple of hand tools and the magic (physics) is at your fingertips without sophisticated engineering,” the artist says.

Reeve explains in detail how he makes, shoots with, and develops Papercams on his website, yielding these origami-like prints made from a sheet of photo paper. Take note that the image was shot directly onto the paper, no buttons necessary!

Photos via papercams

“To simplify these cameras as much as possible I made them out of the 11×14 inch photo-paper itself. There is no film in the camera because the camera is the film. Like a salad bowl made of lettuce leaf, and consumed with the meal, the camera doesn’t exist after its utility is fulfilled. There is no machine. It is more of an arrangement than a thing.”

How fitting is that lettuce salad bowl analogy? And how amazing is the outcome? Papercams sure look like a cool DIY project. ;-) Let us know if you decide to try it and how it works out!

Visit Papercams for more info.

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written by denisesanjose on 2012-04-17 #analogue-photography #handmade #lifestyle #analogue-cameras #thomas-hudson-reeve #pinhole #papercams


  1. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    So amazing!!!

  2. fabc68
    fabc68 ·

    Well, that's a really cool idea. I wish he had documented the project a little better, but the concept is interesting and the results are beautiful.

  3. dkersbergen
    dkersbergen ·

    I wish I had the stuff to do that!!

  4. stratski
    stratski ·

    That is just the coolest pinhole concept I ever saw. I would really like to try this. I've got some old photo paper lying around, who knows...

  5. gemmasphotos
    gemmasphotos ·

    amazing, really want to try this! :)

  6. denisesanjose
    denisesanjose ·

    @stratski Tell us all about it if you do try it! :-)

  7. solitary_man
    solitary_man ·

    Really makes me wanna try doing one of these...

  8. durian
    durian ·

    @fabc68 he didn't want to give away his secrets to such unique photography :P

  9. denisesanjose
    denisesanjose ·

    @fabc68 @durian He actually explains the whole process in detail on his site. Check it and try it out! Submit a Tipster if you're successful :-)

  10. avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers
    avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers ·

    oh my! how is he doing that? incredible!

  11. ddddaisyy
    ddddaisyy ·

    I did this for a school project after studying this photographer and at first the light leaked all the way through the paper. I folded a square-based pyramid from photo paper and as I shot in black and white, I could fold this in red light which was easy enough to figure out from the pictures on his website. The results are really cool if you actually place this inside a light proof box with a hole in the top - tape didn't block out enough light. It was really exciting to see the final image on this tiny paper square :)

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