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Cameras are in effect photography’s workhorses, there to perform functions that fulfill their operators’ visions and values. This exhibition looks at cameras from a different perspective, as objects of design, intended to please the eye as well as make images. It explores notable examples in relation to current design trends, user demands, and cultural significance along with technical advances. Ranging from the 1890s to the present, the works include Eastman’s early view and pocket brownie cameras, Walter Dorwin Teague’s Art Deco gift camera, the Polaroid Land Camera, and the camera-embedded iPhone. The exhibition is drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and the Kravis Design Center, Tulsa.
Images: 1) Walter Dorwin Teague (1883–1960), Gift Camera with original gift box and packaging, Model no. 1A, designed 1930, lacquered-metal, leather-bound camera, lacquered-metal tin, and card packaging, gift box: 2 x 8 x 4 inches. Produced by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. Courtesy of Kravis Design Center, Tulsa. Photo: Shane Culpepper. 2) Walter Dorwin Teague (1883–1960), Chester W. Crumrine (1889-1952), Bantam Camera Special, Designed c. 1936, Bakelite, enameled steel, stainless steel, glass, 3 1/8 x 5 x 1 7/8 inches. Produced by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. Courtesy of Kravis Design Center, Tulsa. Photo: Shane Culpepper.