Paper Cameras: a Lesson in Imperfection

Story and images by Shimshon Obadia. Cut, fold, cut, tape, fold, glue, fold, tape, wind, roll, and repeat. I fiddle and fumble gangly long fingers pressing smooth lines into the mat texture of thick paper. Re-folded and unfolded, pressing jagged oval ridges out to make room for sharp edges. This is taking the expertise built from every arts and crafts…

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The Story of Not Dead Darkroom as told by Shimshon Obadia.   “Your Darkroom is Dead” “Time to Throw Away Your Old Film” “The End of An Era for Darkroom Photographers” These have been the distressing kinds of headlines that have troubled me on a deeply personal level coming out of online newspapers around the world over the past few…