Books that become other things

What can paper do?

This Book is a Camera

This is a working camera that lives in a pop-up book.

The book concisely explains—while actively demonstrating—how a structure as humble as a folded piece of paper can tap into the intrinsic properties of light to produce a photograph.

The book includes:

- a piece of paper folded into a working 4x5" camera
- a lightproof bag
- 5 sheets of photo-paper "film"
- development instructions (use household ingredients or photo chemicals)
- a satisfying demonstration of the connection between design & science / structures & functions


Self-published with support from the Adobe Creative Residency program.

It takes photo that look like this:

Video: How a piece of paper folds up into a camera

More information available here.

Free template available for download there too—should you wish to build your own (or to resist the urge of deconstructing a pre-built book.)