Portable bellows camera, c 1914.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Portable bellows camera, c 1914.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Portable cameras turned photography into a pastime which amateurs could enjoy. Gone was the need for bulky equipment and profesional training; anyone could now record their own history as they pleased. In a bellows camera, focusing is achieved by either extending or collapsing the bellows to increase or decrease the distance between the lens and the film.

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