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Repurposed Books: Pinhole Cameras

claudia-pinhole-cameraI love the reincarnation feel of a book becoming something else at the end of its book-life, particularly when it’s something beautiful or something functional. We’ve talked before about how much we like the Handbags made from books, and I really enjoyed investigating all the Book and Paper Arts I could get my hands/eyes on.

But this is something I’ve never seen before, and is both beautiful and functional, as well as creative and cool. Etsy seller Engrained, based in Seattle, has repurposed old hardcover books into real, working pinhole cameras. The books finished so far and currently (as of the writing of this blog post) for sale include The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey, Peveril of the Peak by Sir Walter Scott, Claudia: The Story of a Marriage by Rose Franken (pictured), Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss and a copy of the Harvard Classic Collection’s Marlowe/Shakespeare.


The cameras are gorgeous and obviously crafted with love, and each one is unique. From the description included in the Claudia one:

“Designed to take standard 35mm film, it’s easy to shoot a whole roll of film and rewind it back into the canister for development.

This unique camera has a slide shutter and is nicely finished off with beautiful ebony and pearl knobs.

The camera comes with its own set of instructions on how to load, shoot, and remove film, approximate exposure times, number of turns to advance each frame, as well as sample photos taken from some of my many cameras. Each camera takes very different pictures, so get ready to experiment with this incredible camera!”

What a fantastic, interesting way to combine books and photography. Love it.

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