Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers used a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree for means of making a living. The hand-made wooden camera is both camera and darkroom in one and generations of Afghans have had their portraits taken with it, usually for identity photographs. At one stage it was even outlawed when former rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban, banned photography, forcing photographers to hide or destroy their tools.
The aim of the Afghan Box Camera Project is to provide some record of the kamra-e-faoree which as a living form of photography is on the brink of disappearing in Afghanistan.
More information on our website afghanboxcamera.com.
A project brochure can be downloaded at afghanboxcamera.com/book/ABCP_Brochure.pdf
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