Artists craft cameras out of bizarre objects including taxidermied animals


posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM EST

Camera (Armadillo), 2012, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs

Two Swiss artists have created an art installation by taking cameras, and housing them in decidedly unusual objects including taxidermied animals. The so-called Camera Collection is a series of cameras placed into items such as an armadillo, a turtleshell, horn artifacts, a stack of books, even clay.

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs handcrafted these cameras out of found objects, and used them as part of an installation of work, including experimental photography, which garnered the pair the 2013 Foam Paul Huf award.

In a write-up of the exhibition, Foam museum described the cameras as:

"Not only do Onorato & Krebs experiment with photographic processes but with the camera itself. Anything could ultimately function as a camera, couldn't it? The title As Long as It Photographs It Must Be a Camera is thereby thought-provoking. In this project they worked with cameras they made themselves. These 'Do it yourself' cameras are presented in the exhibition space as sculptures in their own right. A turtle shell is thus transformed into a camera (slow-photography?), as well as a stack of photo history books - it is as if we are looking through the eyes of our predecessors."

All of the cameras were functional, usually by photographing onto direct positive paper. You can read an interview with Nico Krenbs over at American Photo where he goes a bit more into the creation of these wonderfully bizarre objects, including showing others that weren't widely seen.

Camera (Turtle 1), 2011, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs


Book Cam 2, 2012, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs


Installation View


Installation View / Clay Camera (Double 210mm), 2012

(via Design Boom)