by Ben Keys in New Photography on Wednesday 15 July 2009

Colarado photographer Adrian Hanft creates images that are charmingly imperfect, employing a huge collection of vintage cameras that he modifies at home, or occasionally builds from scratch. He recently created a series of solargraphs — exposures that last from hours to months – using pinhole cameras, and in the past has fashioned his own equipment from Lego blocks, with startling results.

The double-exposures, grimy borders and grainy finishes are worlds apart from the glossy pixel-perfect images that pervade magazines and that’s just how he likes it: ‘When I take a picture, I want to smash the subject against the film and squeeze it through the body of my camera, leaving an impression on the film so deep that you hold the print by its edges for fear of getting your hands dirty’.
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