How to Make a Camera from Scratch

One of the projects I worked on when I was writing The Knowledge was to create my own self-portrait author photograph for the back of the book. This was a selfie in the deepest, truest sense that a photo can ever be a selfie – a photograph created from scratch.

Last year I helped Andy from the brilliant How To Make Everything YouTube channel to make glass from scratch. (Also see our video on the importance of glass in history.)  In that video I challenged him to attempt to make a camera from scratch, and I’m really excited to see he’s taken it on! Watch Part 1 of his video series here were he made a pinhole camera:

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