Judith Hoffman

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MemoryCam the pinhole camera that takes photos of memories

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MemoryCam, a pinhole camera that takes photos of memories made by Judith Hoffman

MemoryCam ©2006 A brass pinhole camera. 3.5 inches high, 2.25 inches wide. In the tradition of camera manufacturing, the handle is useless. If you lift the camera with it, the bottom falls off and your film is exposed. It's a camera to photograph memories. On the base the instructions read: 1. Fix memory in your mind. 2. Point MemoryCam toward memory. 3. Expose film. You can see more photos taken by MemoryCam here. MemoryCam was in the Make Flickr photo pool and on the Make blog on October 11, 2006. (The Make blog is no longer there.) Photos taken by MemoryCam are here.

MemoryCam, a pinhole camera that takes photos of memories made by Judith Hoffman

The other side - that's a heat patina.

A view of MemoryCam pinhole camera showing the paper negative and cover

Here's the camera open, with a negative on the left. I use light sensitive photo paper as the negative. It's pretty easy to work with. The downside is that in my studio under bright lights, the exposures are still 5 to 7 minutes. The negative is curved because I cut the paper long and curl it into a u-shape when I put it in the camera. I could cut it to just fit in the back of the camera, but I would not get the image circle. You can see the image circle on the bottom left and right sides of the negative.