It should come as no surprise that we are big fans of cameras made out of unexpected materials. It seems that every few weeks we’re highlighting a crafty photographer who is tinkering with a camera like this, the folks behind The Homemade Camera Podcast take it a step further. Twice a month, camera builders Nick Lyle, Graham Young, and Ethan Moses do a deep dive into various homemade camera builds, the thought process behind them, and, of course, the kinds of images that they can produce.
Podcasting about photography can be a tricky thing. Photographers are in the business of seeing, and podcasting is all about hearing, and no matter how well you can describe an image, at some point your listeners are going to want to see what you are talking about. The folks behind The Homemade Camera Podcast get this, which is why they are releasing a print zine to showcase some of the greatest creations from this niche world of photography.
The Homemade Camera Podcast zine features approximately 30 handmade cameras in a variety of sizes. Photos of the cameras appear alongside the images that they have created and brief stories from the creators about the thought process behind the camera and how they constructed it. The variety within its pages is quite astonishing. There are large format pinholes made of wood, a panoramic lego camera, modified folding cameras, and ones that are made primarily out of foam core, velcro and gaffers tape. Although the cameras themselves are works of art, the images that they produce make this a zine that any photographer would appreciate.
The Homemade Camera Podcast is currently taking preorders for the zine, which they expect to ship out in September. Learn more about the podcast and pre-order a copy of the zine on the Homemade Camera website.
Jeanette D. Moses is a New York City–based filmmaker and photographer known for her intimate depictions of New York's creative communities. She’s been a contributor to PopPhoto since 2014, specializing in interviews, gear reviews, and all things analog.