Travelling the coast of Portugal with the Afghan Box 📷🚐
Eis os repórteres de imagem fotografados durante o Festival Paredes de Coura 2019. Esta série de imagens apresenta alguns desses profissionais que marcaram presença no evento musical. O fotógrafo Diogo Baptista esteve presente no rio Taboão durante os dias do festival onde aproveitou para retratar os colegas de trabalho e ainda alguns festivaleiros que, curiosamente, viam a câmara afegã. Este dispositivo, que funciona através de processos analógicos, presenteava as pessoas com uma recordação em papel no próprio local do “Couraíso”. A câmara afegã é uma maneira antiga de fotografar, originária do Afeganistão: um método que está relacionado com a fotografia “à lá minuta” e que também era popular em Portugal nos anos 50. O projeto de Diogo Baptista, The Box, que integra a exposição, RAVE/Projeto 19, ainda está patente no Centro Português de Fotografia até 20 de outubro.
Photographers photographed at the festival, Paredes de Coura, 2019. The series of images represents people that were at the festival.
The photographer, Diogo Baptista, spent his days on the banks of Taboão River where he took the opportunity to capture his co-workers and some festival-goers who were curious about the Afghan box. A camera that gives people a paper souvenir, thanks to the analogue process, taken right in the heart of "couraíso". The Afghan camera is an old way of photographing originating in Afghanistan and is related to “à lá minuta” photography, which was popular in Portugal in the 1950s.
Diogo Baptista's project, The Box, which is part of the exhibition, RAVE / Project 19, still present at the Portuguese Institute of Photography until October 20th.
A Caixa | The Box
(PT) A fotografia de retrato através de uma “Afghan Box Camera” (kamra-e-faoree) é típica dos fotógrafos de rua do Afeganistão. É uma câmara utilizada por fotógrafos ambulantes, que exercem a sua atividade em espaços públicos. Neste ensaio, a câmara afegã é o assunto principal e é utilizada de forma performativa, ao permanecer diante das pessoas enquanto é feito o retrato desejado. Este processo é um retorno ao analógico e a uma relação não imediatista com a fotografia, uma relação que não receia e que até acolhe o erro.
(EN) Portrait photography through an Afghan Box Camera (kamra-e-faoree) is typical of Afghan street photographers. This camera is used by traveling photographers, who work in public spaces. In this essay, the Afghan Chamber is the main subject and is used in a performative way by standing in front of the people while the desired picture is taken. This process is a return to the analog and to a “slower” relation with photography, a relation that does not fear imperfections, it embraces them.
First time in the streets of Porto at Jardim do Morro during the RUA Street Food Market with the Afghan Box Camera.
Just a few portraits of my first public event with the Afghan Box Camera.
The World Battle is an urban dance event held in Porto, Portugal.
Session nº4 photographing the community of the university.
Trying out the pictures in the shade with a dirty background. Productive day 😊 Happy day.
Yesterday the first photo session in studio. Had some problem with the focus but in the end I notice what the problem was! Still more to come but I leave some of them for you to see.
Still a lot to learn and try not to make some mistakes during the process. But the plastic art is also very beautiful and we should learn when things don't go as expected. There is some perfect pictures and other not that perfect that are even more beautiful. Look at the result and see for yourself.
My first day outdoors and using Ilford bw negative paper. Still lot to learn and create an effective method. For now just trying to figure the times and making positives from the negatives. The final image was quite sharp and good contrast. For this one was ISO 6; 1/5 ; f/11
My mother! After a few tries here it is my first picture using Harman direct positive paper 😁 so happy to start photographing... It took 3' at f/4.7; ISO 1-3 is not very sensitive to light but the quality is amazing. BW fiber paper. The picture was made at home at the end of the day interior. Can't wait to go outside and try to make some more...
It has arrive!!! Unpacking and see my new camera to start a different way of seeing photography.
Directly from France. A big thanks to Sebas Bergeron that was always very patient with all my questions during the construction of the new series. Now I need to buy the lens, paper and chemicals that I need and start working. Soon i will have great news!
AFGHAN BOX IN PORTO, PORTUGAL.