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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes by Tom Persinger

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ONE THOUSAND INVENTED CAMERAS

Jo Babcock

My work merges aspects of photography, sculpture, and conceptual art. I have created over one thousand working cameras from a plethora of recycled objects over the past forty years. I can make a camera out of practically any object that can be made light tight: paint cans, gas cans, coffee pots, suitcases, two Volkswagen vans and an Airstream motor home, are only a few examples. I have also constructed large-scale photographic installations featuring camera obscuras. All of this work explores our relationship to the three essential elements of photography: light, time, and apparatus.

Light is a sublime force. It warms the earth and nurtures our bodies. Traveling in waves and particles across vast distances ...

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