2020-10-04

Box Camera NOW– book release

KantaPortraits featured in a new book! @boxcameranow all about box camera photographers of the world. Get the book online. more info to follow

54 photographers from 21 countries. thank you to the efforts of @lukas.birk of @fraglich.publishing. 

I feel there are already another 50 box camera practitioners in the world to make up another book. Well done and thank you for the opportunity!  #BoxCameraNow #KantaPortraits #KantaBoxKamra  @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Box Camera NOW book cover
Box Camera NOW

Box Camera NOW– world map
Box Camera NOW– Luis Duarte

Box Camera NOW– Jeffrey Lim
Box Camera NOW– Jeffrey Lim

Box Camera NOW– Michael Mosset
Box Camera NOW– using a box camera


Box Camera NOW offers a unique insight into a new generation of Box Camera photographers working on the street and studios with primarily homemade cameras. These rudimentary tools follow a history of street photographers who worked around the globe in parks and on street corners, creating cheap memorabilia and first-time photographic experiences for the masses.

These Box Cameras have many names in different languages Afghan Box Camera, Street Box, Camera Minuteros, Lambe Lambe, Cuban Polaroid, Instant Box, Minuite Camera, Kamra-e-faoree, Ruh Khitch, Foto Agüita, (Kanta Box Kamra)

The concept is always the same: The camera, mostly home made, is used as an instant camera on the street or in parks to take pictures of clients passing bye. The box is camera and dark room at the same time and uses photographic paper as negative and positive.

The photographic history books have largely forgotten these type of photographers as it was the image of the poor and often considered as “cheap” photography by studio owners. Likely by historians as the cameras are individually made and do not follow any form of consecutive construction.

Box Camera NOW encompasses 54 photographers from 21 countries around the globe. Each photographer with is own style and adaptation of Box Camera photography. Each one with his own unique ability to turn light and sensitive paper into a memorable object.
Get it at @fraglich.publishing @boxcameranow #KantaBoxKamra #KantaPortraits  @ Austria, Europe