Book of the Week: ‘My Camera Collection’

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Cameras aren’t just tools for making art, they’re works of art themselves. It’s this mix of utility and beauty that inspired My Camera Collection: Volume 1, by Klaar Vollenberg. It’s a lovingly and elegantly illustrated catalog of the 28-year-old photographer’s camera collection. And it’s quite a wide-ranging collection too: Pentax MV, Agra Synchro Box, Polaroid 636 (made in the UK), Nikon D70s, Diana F+. Each camera is presented front and back — turning the page is like flipping the camera over (for the full effect, use our BookShow preview above, the spreads below show the back of one camera, and the front of another).

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All are rendered in a deceptively simple illustrative style. From the dials on the back of her DSLR, to the craquelure leather pattern on the Pentax, to the instructions on the back of the Diana’s flash, each camera’s unique charm is brought out in a way very different from what a photo can show.

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The book makes perfect use of the 6×9-inch Color Trade book size. Making it both intimate and a perfect reflection of the sketchbook format. And we’re happy to hear that with Vollenberg’s recent acquisition of an Agfamatic 126, we may be seeing a second volume. Until then, you can see some of the results of Vollenberg’s cameras in her other Blurb books and on her website.

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For more camera goodness, check out our Blurberati with Cameras series which runs every Thursday right here on the blog and on Instagram — just follow blurb_books. You’re guaranteed to see at least one camera from Vollenberg’s book there.

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  1. Thank you!
    I was unemployed at the time I started. I was looking for a project to do. Just to keep me busy. Originally wanted to start a 365 days project and draw one thing from my house every day. But when I started with the Agfa Click the idea of the book was born.
    I’m glad you showed the Agfa Clack. It is my favorite. (that is also why it is the last one in the book.
    ps The cracks on the Holga where to difficult. I just couldn’t make them look right, that’s why I let the camera blank.

      September 30, 2011 – 12:53 pm   Permalink
  2. Congratulations. An outstanding example of “What Will I Do Now” creativity.
    Low key, to the point, no “GeeWhiz”. Well done. A treat to view.

      October 31, 2011 – 8:54 am   Permalink
  3. Nice work. :-)

      November 16, 2011 – 1:57 pm   Permalink
  4. Hey Norma,

    Glad you like it!



    By Kent
      November 16, 2011 – 5:30 pm   Permalink

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