Handmade Pinhole Camera Updates Age-Old Design

Camera includes watch mechanisms to produce soft, atmospheric pictures.

Designer and craftsman Kwanghun Hyun has created a range of contemporary cameras based on the pinhole camera known for being the simplest and oldest form of camera.

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The Heartbeat Camera uses watch movements for their timing mechanisms and has a built-in watch face that controls the amount of time that the shutter is open. The name given to the camera reflects the pulsing of the movement it makes when a shot is taken. When reflected light passes through a small hole the image is preserved and projected, up-side down. The smaller the hole the sharper and dimmer the image will turn out.

Heartbeat 1 is a box of brass with plates, knobs and rings and a Unitas 6497 mounted to the front of the camera.

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Heartbeat 2 is visually simpler and the watch sits inside a sealed compartment on the top of the camera.

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The images both cameras produce are warm and moody with vignetting around the edge, perfect for those who desire atmospheric shots.

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For more information visit Kwanghun Hyun’s website here.

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