Ancient Magic Art Tools
Ancient Magic Art Tools is a camera maker based in Lincoln, California, founded by Les Cookson. It makes camera obscuras and camera lucidas, mainly wooden original constructions and replica models, but also a cheap cardboard kit for 5 (!) camera obscuras for educational experimenting. The wooden cameras are made as real artists' drawing tools.
image by Uwe Kulick (Image rights)
- Oak portable box camera obscura
- English style mahogany sliding box camera obscura (replica)
- Vermeer's camera (replica)
several camera lucidas and other camera obscuras
The "Vemeer's camera" is a replica of Anson K. Cross 1934 reconstruction of a camera how Jan Vermeer (1632—1675) might have used it for his nearly "photo-realistic" paintings.
- Ancient Magic Art Tools company website
- Essay about Vermeer as "photographer" by Philip Steadman