More Mobile Photography

There's been a lot of response to my last blog post about mobile photography projects so here's another batch of them.

Daniel Meadows had cited Sir Benjamin Stone as an inspiration and thought he might have worked on similar lines with a horse drawn photography caravan in the manner of Roger Fenton in the Crimea. Pete James, the curator of Photographs at Birmingham Central Library (that holds the Stone archive) replied on Twitter 'have photos of him in a horse and carriage. Think the caravan thing is a bit of a myth. Not required for dry plates.' and then later posted a picture of Benjamin Stone's horse and carriage: 'not a "caravan" till he puts The hood up?'

I had specified projects in the UK and Ireland but can't resist including these from the US in the 19th century because I think would should have at least one photo-boat. Part of a collection on Luminous Lint that Helen Trompeteler had spotted.

Going back even further, on Facebook Taco Hidde Bakker posted a link to this speculative research on Palaeolithic camera obscuras by Matt Gatton. They were mobile and in Ireland and the UK (possibly) a long time ago.

And also nicely resemble the work of the Pinhole Pedallers who cycled around the South West of England towing a tent obscura. Here they are pictured at Lacock Abbey, which I imagine is to contemporary mobile photography projects, what Stonehenge or Newgrange were to their Palaeolithic predecessors (that's just speculation on my part obviously).

Moving closer to the present Jason Scott Tilley had a wonderful photograph of his Grandfather with an army mobile darkroom in Burma in 1944. This, it turns out, is part of another project at Birmingham Central Library. Pete James writes 'massive and important exhibition / book be done here. Stunning material which crosses 3-4 generations.'

Daniel Meadows also made reference to the Cameravan, a custom van encrusted with cameras made by Harrod Blank. This is based in the US but visited the UK for Photo98.

I'm breaking my rules about what is included now, but Ángel from Photoireland mentioned the Cameratruck which claims to be the world's largest mobile camera.

And while we are talking about large cameras Peter Neill posted this picture of his Hunter Penrose process camera. When asked in what way it is 'mobile' he replies helpfully 'Well, it comes with a 15 foot railway track. It could go on a trailer'.

Tomorrow we can hear from someone who actually operates a mobile photography project.


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