Focusing on the camera

‘Traditionally the camera is something you look through, not at’, says designer Adrian Johnson.

Hasselblad
Hasselblad

In his new print series Basilicas though, Johnson turns the lens firmly on the camera itself, with bold graphic works that highlight the strangely architectural nature of cameras.

Leica
Leica

Basilicas is an ongoing series and currently comprises nine classic camera designs, including Leica, Mamiya, Hasselblad and Olympus.

Mamiya
Mamiya

The Basilicas title is a nod to the similarity between the camera structures and cathedrals. Both feature towering lenses/spires and dark chambers. And both, according to the artist’s blurb ‘capture people – one in a moment in time, the other in reverential awe.’

Polaroid
Polaroid

Basilicas, by Adrian Johnson, is at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Street, London EC2A, from 25-27 July.

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