A paper pinhole camera published as a cut out in the 70’s in former Czechoslovakia, wich was distributed along with the magazine ABC. Dirkon Camera. now this is something. apparently back in the s when communism was all the rage, it was hard to get a hold of decent. The Dirkon pinhole 35mm camera is made entirely from paper cut from a template by designers Martin Pilný, Mirek Kolář and Richard.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8. May 14th – Dirkon the paper camera: During the s, magazines published in Communist Czechoslovakia were controlled by the state, like the majority of other enterprises.

Very few good magazines were available and were difficult to get hold of, so people would borrow and exchange them when given the opportunity. It may not be the most practical of devices, but it works!

Today, twenty years later, David decided that he had to include this unusual pinhole camera in his collection. So he got hold of an old copy of ABC and set to work. The name Dirkon is a play on words based on the combination of the parts of two words: Dirkon – Original instructions For the patient among you, here are the instructions for making the Dirkon camera which you can download in Adobe PDF format.


But first a few notes which Djrkon has jotted down after his experience with making it, which you might find useful. The camera must be cut out of stiffer paper than ordinary office paper or thin card.

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If the paper isn’t entirely opaque, you need to stick very thin black paper underneath the important sections so that no light gets into the camera. Dirkon – Extra instructions It is very important to print the cut-out to the correct size, i.

David added a ruler on each page so that he could check the size. This was film made back in former Czechoslovakia but it’s similar, for example, to today’s Ilford PAN You can of course use any 35 mm film, even colour.

Dirkon – Pinhole David discovered from the makers of Dirkon that, even when it was published, people often came up with improvements on their model.

The design was significantly improved by sticking on a thin piece of metal with a hole, rather than making the hole in the paper, as described in the instructions. David didn’t follow this suggestion, however, since he wanted to experience the real magic of Dirkon photography.


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