Francesco Capponi: birdhouses, pine nuts, and chess

Francesco Capponi's Ritratto ideale di Duchamp e Man Ray

Ritratto ideale di Duchamp e Man Ray by Francesco Capponi

Francesco Capponi makes glorious project-specific pinhole cameras, where the camera and the photos from them are part of the same work. How can you not love a pinhole birdhouse with the bird’s eye view, looking out through the round door, pinhole origami where the camera is a folded box, which becomes the photograph’s frame when finished, a camera built into an olive tree, pinhole chess, and, probably the smallest pinhole camera I’ve seen, the pinhole pinenut?

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