Camera Obscura

Title

Camera Obscura

Subject

Equipment

Description

A camera obscura (latin for "dark room") with a vintage brass lens by Benjamin French - box is a handcrafted replica. Camera obscuras were long used by artists as drawing aids before the invention of photography in the mid-nineteenth century.

Benjamin French & Company was an importer and retailer of photographic supplies specializing in lenses from approximately the 1860's to the late-1800s. This photographic supply company was located at 319 Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts. The Benjamin French & Company sold Rochester Optical made Cameras, but is famous for being the sole U.S. Importers of the high quality French made Darlot camera lenses. the imported lens typically carried his trademark "B.F. & Co." in addition to the Darlot stamp. He sold to many establishments including the Edward Anthony co. which will bear marks for the manufacturer Darlot and the retailer mark for Edward Anthony co.

Creator

Benjamin French

Date

1860-1900

Format

4 ¾ x 5 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches; 12.1 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm

Identifier

HC 2029

Files

camera-obscura-2029-1.jpg
camera-obscura-2029-2.jpg

Citation

Benjamin French, “Camera Obscura,” Selections from the Hampshire College Archives, accessed August 17, 2017, http://hampshirearchives.omeka.net/items/show/2957.