Artist Unzips Vintage Cameras to Reveal Their Inner Beauty


This strange looking vintage camera was created by Guangzhou Art Academy student Hu Shaoming, who spent four months disassembling two cameras from the 1930s and 1940s and rebuilding them with a zipper that reveals the inner mechanical components.

His project is part of an exhibition titled Reconnecting Time, and also features a phone from the 1910s and a clock from the 1920s. Hu tells Cool Hunting that he collected the devices from four countries (UK, US, Japan, and France) in order to provide a literal window into the “great industrial discoveries of humanity.

By adding a zipper to mechanical devices, Hu offers a glimpse into things that are ordinarily tucked away from sight and mind — things that contribute to the “magic” of each device by allowing them to function properly in what they’re designed to do.






The exhibition is now on permanent display at the Guangzhou Art Academy. You can find more of Hu’s work over on

Reconnecting Time by Hu Shaoming (via Cool Hunting via PSFK)

Image credits: Photographs by Hu Shaoming

  • Jenine Giommi

    before I saw the receipt for $4568, I didnt believe that my brother was like they say truly making money parttime online.. there dads buddy has done this for under nineteen months and a short time ago paid the morgage on there place and bought a top of the range Toyota. we looked here……….. BIT40.ℂom

  • Leila Brazil

    what’s fun to destroy an old thing like this? why not PRESERVE instead of add a horrendous zipper?

  • fast eddie

    If I would have seen these cameras as a child, my mind would have been blown. I think this is a very creative way to show the inner workings of the cameras, while keeping the whole thing aesthetically pleasing.

    I like it :)

  • branden rio

    Well this is horrifying

  • Nate Matos

    Because they aren’t worth anything, you can’t get film anymore for
    either of those, and to be fair the 8mm was at best an entry level
    cheap-o camera when it was new. These cameras were nothing more than
    display cameras anyway, at least now they’re worth something as
    individual pieces of art.

    I love film cameras, but come on. There are millions upon millions out there, is it really that big of a deal?