Amazing Cardboard Cameras

Can’t afford one of those fancy, expensive SLR cameras? Then why not make one out of cardboard? American artist Kiel Johnson did just that, and his final creations look amazing. Johnson used his background as a painter and sculptor to take simple cardboard pieces and turn them into something extraordinary.

He not only made SLR cardboard cameras but Polaroids as well. The only thing not made out of cardboard is the “belt” that is supposed to go around a cardboard person’s neck so that the camera doesn’t fall.

Kiel Johnson has used cardboard for other projects as well, like this 8 bit pixelated costume that tickled the toes of many an observer. So, question for you.  Would you buy these to decorate your home or office? Would you give them as a gift? Is this the kind of art that you would spend money on, and if so, how much? Or do you regard this art as the kind of novelty that, while interesting, can’t be plopped into the same category as high-brow art that would win awards at festivals or titillate audiences at museums?

In the future, you may very well see giant cardboard people holding these cameras at cardboard cocktail hours across the country.


  1. These look great, just about sent me over the edge. This guy is an expert at bringing out colors in some lifeless material.

  2. There are 16 cameras in every arena palced according to the NHL’s Media Division’s directions. These were mandated at the start of the 2005-06 season, and had to be installed at each team’s expense.. All arenas use the standard setup devised by Ralph Mellanby in the mid 70s while he was the head of Hockey Night in Canada.While not all cameras are necessarily used for a broadcast, the NHL collects the film from the 16 mandated cameras for their private use (War Room, Discipline issues, etc)Networks are free to use more cameras if they wish, but the 16 camaera sites are not negotiable.

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