That’s the question many readers have asked me, after reading my recent article about some photos I took with a box camera.
Those shots were taken with a camera so simple, so unfailingly simple, the mind boggles how on earth it can take such superb shots. As I said at the time, it’s not only the camera you use, but also the type of film, and what’s going on in your head at the time as well! If you don’t have an idea about composing shots, it’s very difficult, but not impossible to come up with a good picture. And that goes for film or digital cameras.
Anyway, the camera I used for the shots was a Kodak Brownie, and here it is in its full splendour. I really love the way it is finished off, with that vintagey-looking covering material and plated spring clips. It comes in its own original case as well. Obtaining film for it is no big deal…it can use easily available 120 roll film with a little modification.
And here are some quotes from people about box cameras:
“…Your box camera is a valuable friend. It provides the best method of recording for all time such happy occasions as the joys of holiday-time, weddings, the first baby, and all the landmarks in family life. It is also an important tool in one of the best hobbies imaginable—Photography… Simple in design though it may be, your box camera can perform wonders if used correctly…”
Your Guide to Better Box Camera Photography, Fountain Press, 1950.”
“…The box camera is the simplest and cheapest type of camera. It is mainly intended for people who want to take snapshots in good light and who do not know—or want to know—a lot about photography…. In spite of its simplicity the box is capable of taking photographs of a high standard…”
The Focal Encyclopaedia of Photography, Vol. I, Focal Press, London and New York, 1965.
“My box Brownie was a trusted companion for years and has given me more pleasure than I could ever imagine possible. Family gatherings, holiday outings or a visit to dad’s old farm were just the occasion to get my sturdy little friend out of its closet. It was an incredibly simple camera with no dials and knobs to fuss about. My husband chose to steer clear of me : he worked with an expensive folding camera and used an exposure meter as a crutch all along. So while hubby was busy measuring the light and distance I would wipe my lens clean with a handkerchief, back up the ten feet from the group, put the sun at my back, peep into the tiny view-glass at the top and snap away happily. . .”
I am offering this beautiful camera for sale, so if you are interested, drop me a line via email or comment, or see it here: