Afghan Box Camera

Any camera is essentially just a black box. It’s hardly surprising that my favourite camera is a big wooden box.


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In 2013, after moving to Dali town, in the province of Yunnan, China, I decided to build a wooden afghan box camera inspired in some elements of Chinese traditional culture. After months of experimentation, the camera was running and the results made it clear that it was much more than the toy I thought it would be: it delivered portraits full of tension and honesty; my images had recovered the magic that photography had lost in the instagram generation.

During two years I went almost daily to the streets to take portraits with it. One of my favourite subjects was the people from remote villages who had never seen films or documents portraying old afghan cameras. The long wait while I prepared the camera, the curiosity and the anticipation provided my with the honesty I was seeking for.

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