Brownie In Motion

a cross country camera obscura portrait project
Stephen Takacs
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Columbus, Ohio
United States
3 Team Members

Brownie In Motion is a traveling art installation, photographic darkroom, and functioning camera obscura modeled after an iconic Kodak Brownie. Each donation to this campaign helps bring the camera obscura across the United States and supports an important portrait project that turns the camera lens on artisans and craftspeople whose niche skills are on the verge of disappearing.

Your contributions to this campaign go specifically towards the purchase of new lighting gear, photographic chemicals, film, fuel and any remaining direct positive paper we can get our hands on! The images produced through Brownie In Motion will result in a public art exhibition and possibly a book! Please consider donating to Brownie In Motion, so that the camera obscura can one day visit your town!

What We Need & What You Get

We need to raise $10,000 to buy equipment, photographic supplies (film & paper) and pay for travel expenses (gas, tolls, food, lodging) while photographing artisans across the American west with the camera obscura. We are continually refining our onsite development system and need cash to build a cart that can double both as an equipment dolly and a darkroom sink. We also need to update some of our lighting equipment to help us expose images in the camera obscura when lighting conditions are less than ideal.

In particular, we are hoping to purchase the following pieces of lighting gear:

4800 w/s power pack and heads x 2
C-Stands with extension arms x 2
Travel Battery & Case
Disk Reflector

By donating to Brownie in Motion, you not only get the peace of mind that comes with supporting a historically significant photographic project but you can also get some pretty cool rewards, like limited edition prints, postcards, a private workshop or the chance to have the world's largest Brownie camera appear at your event as a photo-booth!

The Impact

Through the photographic process, we hope to preserve pieces of our cultural history and perhaps generate an interest in crafts at the risk of being lost. Through public outreach events, Brownie In Motion helps facilitate dialogue about art, science, craft and making.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • You can help us to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
  • We are gladly accepting in-kind donations of photographic chemistry and equipment
  • Please remember to use the Indiegogo share tools!

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  • $1USD
    Shout Out!

    Contributors at this level receive a whole-hearted thank you on my blog and will be listed as donor at

    3 claimed
  • $6USD
    random postcard

    Contributors at this level receive a limited edition postcard, as well as a Shout Out!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $15USD
    Silver Print Postcard

    Backers at this level receive a silver gelatin print postcard thanking you for your contribution + a limited edition color postcard and a Shout Out!

    20 claimed
  • $30USD
    Three Postcards + Print

    Backers at this level will receive 3 color postcards of their choice+ a silver gelatin thank you postcard printed in the darkroom + a Shout Out!

    15 claimed
  • $50USD
    6 Postcards

    Backers at this level receive a set of 6 limited edition postcards, a hand printed silver gelatin thank you postcard and a blog shoutout!

    9 claimed
  • $75USD
    Limited Edition Print

    Contributors at this level will receive all of the perks at $50 and below plus a limited edition 8 x 10 print of Brownie In Motion installed on location.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $150USD
    11 x 17 Print

    Backers at this level will receive an 11 x 17 inch print from the series 'Convergence.'

    5 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Silver Print

    Backers at this level receive an exhibition quality editioned 16" x 20" silver gelatin photograph printed from a negative exposed in the camera obscura, plus all perks from the $50 level and below

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Private Workshop

    Contributors at this level receive a private pinhole camera workshop with Stephen and up to 5 friends. During the workshop, you'll learn how to create a camera using everyday objects. Then you'll shoot and develop images with you newly constructed pinhole camera using Brownie In Motion as a darkroom.

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  • $1,500USD

    Backers from the Midwest region (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania) can book Brownie In Motion as a photo-booth for a wedding, bar mitzvah or other social event of their choosing. Up to 50 guests will receive 4" x 5" black and white portraits developed inside of Brownie In Motion!

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  • $2,000USD
    Demo + Artist Talk

    Stephen and the camera obscura will travel to your University, Science Center or camera club to give an artist talk and demonstrate the Brownie in Motion. Plus, backers at this level receive all perks at $75 and below

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