In 1971, Child Guidance Products manufactured the Mick-a-Matic Camera: a large plastic body shaped like Micky Mouse’s head with a viewfinder in its forehead, a lens in its nose and a flash between its ears. The camera was designed for children, but photographer Stephen Shore used it throughout 1971 to take dozens of images, some of which appeared in the exhibition, All the Meat You Can Eat. These pictures marked Shore’s first artistic use of color photography.
Mickey Mouse Head Camera was Photographed as Part of the Stephen Shore Career Retrospective, on Exhibit Through May 28th, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Irving Penn purchased his first of many twin-lens Rolleiflex cameras in 1938. He acquired this one in 1964 and used it and other similar models for portrait sittings for the next four decades. The camera is topped with a modified Hasselblad chimney viewfinder and mounted on a Tiltall pan/tilt head above a table tripod of the artist’s own design.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Don’t let anyone make the excuse that this is a kids’ camera, because this Hello Kitty face with a lens sticking out of it is a big fucking hunk of camera that is much too unwieldy for tiny child-sized hands. But, whatever; this is a film (not digital) camera manufactured by Fujifilm and you can buy it online at Amazon right now for about $80!
If you’ve ever attempted to take posed photos of young children, then you know how difficult it is to get them to look at the camera. Seriously, it is like trying to pose a worm. Fortunately, there are camera accessories called Camera Buddies or Lens Friends to assist you with keeping a child engaged and happy while you snap away!
While attending the recent PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I just had to stop at the booth for Phoxi Tog, who make line of vibrantly-colored camera buddies called Phoxi Friends. They caught my attention right away!
OMG So Adorable
Phoxi Friends Camera Lens Wraps are a line of insanely cute photography tools designed for those who shoot portraits of kids. These patented, eye-catching accessories are different from any other camera lens wrap or lens buddy on the market.
Phoxi Friends are designed to help you capture a child’s attention without having to waste your energy singing, dancing, waving your hands, and making strange noises. The patented design has a soft plush stuffed toy on one end (that also includes a built-in squeaker), with the other end serving as a flexible tail that can wrap around any camera lens you use. The tail can also extend the toy to interact playfully with the child. Kids do have a short attention span, and with a nice selection of critters available, you can switch it up and wrap a different Phoxi friend around your lens to keep the smiles coming. Some kids are very shy, and this tool is a great icebreaker!
See the full line of Phoxi Friends lens wrap designs, and purchase online, at This Link!
These brightly colored Camera Flowers by designer Andre Feliciano were photographed by me through the window of an anonymous gallery at 111 Front Street, DUMBO Brooklyn. See more photos of this artist’s work at This Link!