Game Boy Camera from 1998
Combining a DIY, punk attitude with a playful approach to photography, US American photographer Christopher Graves (b. 1981) used ingenious hardware and software modifications to improve the original Game Boy Camera from 1998, an official add-on for Nintendo’s popular handheld console.
A lo-fi image-making machine or rather a ‘poor imagemaking machine’, given that the ‘photographs’ are displayed in 2-bit resolution (128 × 112 pixels) in four shades of grey – the original camera was expanded with a lens adapter attached to a Game Boy Advance, featuring a Pentax 110 lens mount, a wooden grip, a 1455 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery via USB-C and a dedicated shutter button. Graves’s impossible project is an anachronistic device that looks both vintage and futuristic.