This project is a continuation of my prior Pop Art-inspired projects: Sweetstuff Candy Polaroids and Cherie Holding Colored Cards. I began to photograph cameras when I realized how ideal they would be as subjects for prints made on the second-generation Cibachrome that became available in the early 1980s. The new material had a deep glossy black and a metallic-looking highlight — perfect for a literal representation of a camera’s black leatherette and chrome trim. I then developed an entirely photographic method for rimming a camera with light. James Hugunin writes about this in his essay accompanying the catalog of the exhibition, Victor Landweber Photographs, Museum of Photographic Art, San Digeo, 1984: “Plastic box cameras, manufactured during the 1940s and 50s to satisfy the visual acquisitiveness of the prospering middle class, here enlarged to 16x20 inches, achieve the status of celebrities. Each is separated from its background by a glowing halo, appearing a spectacular apparition, suggesting an exalted specialness while belying the marginal utility of these simplest of cameras.”

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