1994: Snail shell artist's book

A Snail on Its Way to become the Camera

While walking in the South of France, a shiny mother-of-pearl snail shell on the ground caught my eye. I wrapped it up, sandy and not pretty to look at on the outside, eerily beautiful on the inside. When I looked closer at the snail shell, I noticed that there was a tiny hole at the top. This hole was perfect for a pinhole, so as soon as I got home I built a camera out of it. Consisting of the snail shell and a film canister. The rest of the day was spent taking test shots, negatives as big as my smallest fingernail had to be cropped. After several days and a lot of experimentation, my homemade snail shell camera worked. It could be used like a normal camera. In the darkroom, I made contact sheets out of everything that was taken in the summer. I was overwhelmed with the result, the abstract round shape of the camera apparatus. A snail became a camera.

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Title: Thomas Kellner – Eine Schnecke auf dem Weg zur Kamera (A snail shell on its way to become a camera)
Editor: Thomas Kellner
Author: R/
Photographer: Thomas Kellner
Content: 11 pages of original fiber based prints
Size: 17,5 x 17,5 cm on 26,5 x 19,5 cm fiber based paper, spiralbound
Languages: G/
Publisher: Thomas Kellner
Edition: 5+1
Release Date: 1994
Price: 1–3: 890 Euros / 4–5: 1450 Euros / 6 on request

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