Afghan Box Camera Project
Whilst browsing Aprils edition of the BJP, I noticed a small and easily overlooked feature on the ‘Afghan Box Camera Project’….
If you have any interest in alternative and traditional photographic processes, this is a website that you should all make sure to check out.
“As of June 2011 Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers continue to use a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree for means of making a living. The hand-made wooden camera is both camera and darkroom in one and generations of Afghans have had their portraits taken with it, usually for identity photographs. At one stage it was even outlawed when former rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban, banned photography, forcing photographers to hide or destroy their tools.”
The aim of The Afghan Box Camera Project is to document and record the lives of Box Camera photographers, their tools and their techniques before they are wiped out and forgotten in the wake of digital photography.
For videos, how to’s, photo galleries, photographer portolio’s and further insight into Afghan photo culture, head over to Afghanboxcamera.com