We’ve seen our fair share of interesting pinhole cameras, but in terms of cleverness, this one is going to be hard to beat. That’s because, it’s just as much a book as it is a camera.
Inside are printed instructions on how to operate the camera. So you can start shooting right away, Anderson includes five pieces of black and white Ilford photo paper to get you started.
Like any pinhole camera, the process is fairly straightforward. Load in the paper. lift the shutter to expose the paper. Then develop the paper. Of course, your image will be a negative once developed. Thus, you can scan it and invert it to create a positive of the pinhole image you captured.
As to why she created this little contraption, Anderson says, ‘I wanted to make a working camera within an educational pop-up book—one that connects the dots between design and science/structure and function.’ We’d say she accomplished her goal.
You can get your hands on This Book is a Camera for US$29 on Anderson’s website. If you’d rather not pay, you can also download blueprints of the camera so you can make your own. They’re licensed under Creative Commons, so feel free to do as you please with the layout.