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IMAGE—MAKING AS PLAY

Game Boy Camera from 1998

Christopher Graves

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.

Christopher Graves, Terraced, 2018, inkjet print, 26 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves
Christopher Graves, Surveillance, 2020, inkjet print, 26 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves
Christopher Graves, Bridge into Light, 2019, Inkjet print, 26 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves
Christopher Graves, City Shoreline, 2019, inkjet print, 26 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves
Christopher Graves, Crumbling Wall, 2019, inkjet print, 26 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves
Christopher Graves, Game Boy Camera from 1998, 2020, custom Game Boy Advance with CCTV lens adapter, Courtesy the artist © Christopher Graves