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Street Photographs of NYC, as Captured by a 0.1MP Game Boy Camera

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Released in September of 1998, the Game Boy Camera was actual deemed the world’s smallest digital camera by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records in its heyday. Created to be an official accessory of the then-revolutionary Nintendo Game Boy device, the camera was capable of capturing images with a resolution of, hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, 256×224 pixels.

Using the limited 4-color palette the Game Boy’s device offered, the approximately 50mm focal length captured some fun if now unimpressive images, thirty of which you were able to have saved at any given time. As digital cameras became smaller and more powerful though, the Game Boy Camera went from incredible piece of technology to a novelty of the past.

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But in the eyes of photographer David Friedman, it was a novelty whose characteristics made it perfect for creating a series of photographs in the Big Apple. Back in 2000, Friedman went around New York capturing the scenery and view that New York City had to offer, all on his handy little Game Boy Camera.

Having saved them on his computer long ago, Friedman occasionally came across the images, but it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that he decided to share them online for the very first time over on his website Ironic Sans.

Check out the rest of the short series below, and then crack open your attic and go digging for that old Game Boy Camera… you know you want to.

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(via Gizmodo)


Image credits: Photographs by David Friedman and used with permission


 
  • Jason Dunn

    <3

  • vivekuno

    less is more……

  • http://about.me/wushu2004 Jason

    Man, I remember wanting this camera.

  • http://www.ceaserphotography.com/ Sid Ceaser

    My Gameboy camera (and Gameboy printer!!) died years and years ago. But, there is a great app called “Retroboy” that has a Gameboy camera emulator. It’s great, and makes the pain of not having my GBC and GBP combo any longer.

  • Erick De Vasconcelos

    not impressed at all . don’t see any artistry or passion in this images. not even boredon. just a curiosity at most…

  • Jason Yuen

    Agreed. The least that could have been done was perhaps take the same photo with a modern camera and overlay this old image on top of the new one. Kind of like a mini window into the past through a modern photo.

  • Jason Yuen

    Agreed. The least that could have been done was perhaps take the same photo with a modern camera and overlay this old image on top of the new one. Kind of like a mini window into the past through a modern photo.

  • Bay

    The dithering pattern really makes these stand out and gives them that early digital quality. Interestingly, if these had no posterization and instead had 256 grayscale levels, you wouldn’t even notice they were old when viewed on the web!

  • Cinekpol

    lol that coincidence. Bought my Game Boy camera just yesterday.

  • Chris Malmberg

    …Says the guy with an iPhone mirror selfie as an avatar.

  • Chris Malmberg

    Some of the images almost look like scenes from games that you would play on it. Cool.

  • OtterMatt

    *stands by with aloe, ice cubes, and SPF50*

  • Jake

    Soooo…Gameboy Instagram filter? Doesn’t get any more vintage-wannabe than that.

  • George Johnson

    I think they’re interesting as a way of looking back at how far we’ve come in such a short period of time with digital imaging tech. I had the GB camera for my GB, it was a bit fun for a while when I had one but can’t say I miss it or would wish to use it again. I’ve spent the last 32 years playing and working with technology for a living and technology gets old and let’s face it, looks very very dated, very very quickly! This smacks too much of this current hipster, nostalgia thing. Lots of twenty-something hipsters getting all nostalgic for their past, ie 10 years ago. I’m in my forties and yes of course you look back but I’d much rather look to the future. Digital imaging, like all tech, is moving ahead at such a rate and it’s fun to see where it’s going. I’m still blown away by what my 5 year old 5DM2 can still do but I know things can only get better. The past is interesting and a measure of our progress but the future lies ahead.

  • flightofbooks

    Owned. Owned by mirrors.

  • flightofbooks

    He made the images in 2000 when the technology was (relatively) new so your stock complaint of “this guy’s a hipster” is even more vapid than normal.

  • Kitsu

    Read the article. Date is 2000 when he shot the images.

  • Jonathan Kwok

    I want to know how he transferred the photos to his computer.. my photos are still stuck on the cartridge!

  • bill

    MadCatz made a PC link cable you could use to transfer them to your PC. You can still find them around secondhand but they connect via parallel port and the software and drivers are for Windows 98.

    If you can find a mechanism to get the full raw save file from the cart onto your PC (you’ll need some hardware for that) then there’s some software called GB Camera pic dumper that will extract the images from the save.

  • http://www.flyingsuicide.net/ Oj0

    Well damn, that’s the best bit of burn I’ve seen on PP :D

  • http://www.flyingsuicide.net/ Oj0

    I’m impressed, looking at them I didn’t notice they were only black, white, and two shades of grey before really looking at them.

  • George Johnson

    Well perhaps you should read my comment more carefully, I never made any mention whatsoever about when they were shot. I simply remarked that they were vaguely interesting as pieces of imaging history but that they’re nothing to get that excited about when digital is being improved on a monthly basis.

  • George Johnson

    Well how about you stop for a second, go back and read what I wrote carefully rather than what you THINK I wrote. I made no mention whatsoever about when they were shot. I quote from my post ” interesting as a way of looking back at how far we’ve come”, note the words “looking back”! I simply remarked that they were a vaguely interesting piece if imaging history for the time they were shot but nothing that stunning.