The South Korean Artist Making Vintage Cameras Out of Paper

Friday October 25, 2019 Written by Garry

There isn’t much a good artist can’t do with paper. And just when you think you’ve seen it all (Frank Lloyd Wright houses, entire cities, working car engines – we could go on) an artist like South Korea’s Lee Ji-hee comes along with something altogether different: a series of painstakingly faithful recreations of vintage cameras made out of – yep – paper.

Such is their accuracy, Ji-hee’s creations appear operational, and from a distance, the only thing suggesting they aren’t so is the range of colours the artist has infused them with. 

Traditionally these cameras, which include the 1927 Tropen Adoro (famous for its concertina like shape) and the 1948 Foton (an amazing camera which suffered from terrible marketing), were largely black, brown or silver creations. Ji-hee’s renditions are livelier, but pay no less of an homage to the originals. You’ll find more creations over on the artist’s Instagram and website.