Gallery: Incredible Cardboard Cameras by Kiel Johnson


Artist Kiel Johnson has used common cardboard to meticulously re-create an incredible collection of old-school cameras — from the Instamatic to the Polaroid to the Hi-8. Johnson’s obsession with paper is infectious — it’s obvious in the way he constructs every button and lens notch. Read on to learn more about Johnson’s incredible analog tribute to great cameras of the past!

That Johnson’s father was a printer speaks something of his obsession with paper. This tie is especially evident in his much-publicized show Publish or Perish at the Moore Gallery a few years back. The exhibition featured a paper-made printing press in addition to a hand-made and fully operational cardboard camera! Other carefully crafted tributes included cassette tapes, boom boxes, and luggage. We love to showcase that sort of craftiness here at Inhabitat.

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  2. Taro September 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

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  3. Belgravetrust September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Interesting feature! I love how they decided to make the old-school cameras, so classic. I wonder how much these camera weigh?

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