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Crafty Pop-Up Book Opens Up Into a Functional Pinhole Camera

Artist Kelli Anderson designed a book that teaches readers about the art of photography–with an actual pop-up camera. Using the 1800s-era pinhole technique as inspiration, Anderson crafted her book in such a way that light could only enter through a small opening, exposing the embedded photo film/paper to a concentrated tunnel of light. The film's light-sensitive crystals could then react to the light's potency to reproduce the image before it–just like a real camera! The best part? Anderson's camera book folds together and no additional assembly is required. However, while Anderson's This Book is a Camera does include a collapsible camera, lightproof bag, instructions, and B/W Ilford photo paper, developer fluid and a dark room are needed to actually develop the film. 

Thanks to the Adobe Creative Residency and Structural Graphics, Anderson was able to make her artistic dream a reality. This Book is a Camera can now be purchased through the artist's website for $29. If you want to try making the foldable camera yourself, Anderson has also posted a free template here.

A pop-up camera photo compared with an iPhone photo:

Additional photos taken with the pop-up camera:

Kelli Anderson: Website | Instagram | Book
via [Ufunk, designboom, Colossal]

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