A photographer turns his smartphone into a film camera


A photographer has transformed an old, broken Sony Ericsson smartphone lens into a camera that films and built it into his Samsung Galaxy S2.

Alireza Rostami had an old Sony Ericsson k700i that was broken and impossible to repair. But instead of throwing it away, Rostami decided to reuse it by removing the camera and adding it to the back of his Samsung Galaxy S2 in a way that would allow him to film. Talk to PetaPixel he explains why.

“In the past, there was only one lens for photography on the back of a cellphone. But now we see that there are many lenses on the back of a cell phone. I said to myself; Why not create one for analog photography? »

Fim camera for mobile phone

Fim camera for mobile phone

Frankenstein’s Camera

Rostami, who is from Iran, removed the lens from his Sony Ericsson camera and added a separate lens from another phone. He then removed the battery from the Samsung Galaxy S2 and drilled a lens-sized hole in the battery cover.

To capture an image, he places the camera and negative in a light-tight envelope, then carefully places it inside the Galaxy S2 with a lens cap. Rostami then removes the lens cap to allow light to reach the film.

The resulting images are certainly grainy and blurry, but they can also be the very first film images taken with a mobile phone.

Fim camera for mobile phone

Fim camera for mobile phone

Fim camera for mobile phone

Fim camera for mobile phone

Fim camera for mobile phone

Future plans

“I want to invent other devices with the rest of the old moving parts. I don’t know if I can or not, but I will try. If I manage to make these ideas work, I will definitely release them, ”says Rostami.

The photographer says he also wants to build a camera that can make phone calls, play music and receive radio waves. However, he says his ultimate dream is to give a camera artificial intelligence, like a more powerful version of Siri.

Rostami once turned a broken camera into a watch that takes pictures on film, and also turned his old computer into a working camera. Last year he made a wrist camera, and 35mm film slipped through the strap.

Rostami is proud to recycle e-waste, a growing problem around the world. Last month PetaPixel covered a studio making artwork from discarded smartphones that has a similar mission.

You can see more of Rostami’s work on her Instagram.


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