This Camera Van Has Rolling Shutters

In 1993, a guy named Harrod Blank had a dream in which he drove around in a camera-covered car taking pictures of people staring at his camera-mobile. When he woke up, he decided to make the car a reality, and spent the next two years designing and building the thing. In 1995 he completed the Camera Van complete with a working camera to capture the expressions of onlookers.

The front of the camera features every Polaroid camera ever made:

The driver’s side of the camera has Kodak Instamatic Cameras arranged to look like a giant Instamatic Camera. The back of the van has two monitors that play a repeating slideshow of the Camera Van’s photography:

The passenger side has a giant film strip created using four color monitors:

The top of the van also has “SMILE” spelled out with Kodak Instamatic Cameras.

Blank also created a 68-pound “Flash Suit” made up of over 100 actively flashing bulbs.

(via KEH Blog)

Image credit: Photographs by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

  • iSnap

    I’d like to see the images!

  • X-tra

    You see the pictures on his website

  • SL

    The front of the camera features every Polaroid camera ever sold on eBay…


    this one is awesome i have never seen such type of vehicle

  • Joe Brandibas

    I wonder how he keeps people from stealing the cameras when it is parked somewhere?

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  • Dada

    what a waste, some antique cameras out there need parts and now its stuck on his car exposed to the elements

  • carlobambino

    He’s an idiot. He could have the same results with only one camera and a controversial slogan painted on his idiot van.

  • Stu

    so i still don’t understand why he covered his A**hole Van with cameras.

  • Clearly

    At least you will never be on candid camera near that thing.

  • Clearly

    I wonder what kind of gas ‘mileage’ he gets.