The Afghan Box Camera Project in collaboration with Sean Foley


hekmatyullah collection Box camera photographs from the Hekmatullah collection, Herat 2012
Azzad Ullah  Izzat Ullah, Peshawar, 2012
Afghan Box Camera Project_Photographers_Studios-57 Qulam Nabi, Kabul, 2011 Baba Sher portrait 2Baba Sher, Kabul, 2011sleeve position sketch2a
InternalExternal_a Different typ of box camera systems BACDKROP 3 ROW 22 11 2012a Backdrop variations

more images here.

Videos from the Afghan Box Camera Project




Images from the different cameras Lukas has build over the years.

Box Camera 1.0


AA Camera 1 inside

Box Camera 2.0

Darulaman inside camera

Box Camera making-179 

Box Camera-10

Lukas first encountered the Afghan box camera in 2006. He spent several summers in and around Afghanistan to document tourists in conflict zones together with his colleague Sean Foley. (see Kafkanistan chapter)

The camera is a very simple box. Containing everything needed to take and develop an image. Lens, photographic paper and darkroom. A very essential way of taking an image. First the photographer takes a negative after that he takes a picture of the negative and gets a positive.

Over the last years Lukas has build several cameras with different features and focusing systems. With the growing interest in the camera and its history he and his colleague Sean Foley decided to start a research on the camera. They spent 6 weeks in April and May 2011 and another 8 weeks in May and June 2012 in Afghanistan and Pakistan to investigate the origins, techniques and the many personal stories from the photographers using or having used this type of camera. The result of this research with photosportfolioshow to do videosmanuals and research on the history of photography in Afghanistan and the box camera, can be found on the project website The videos from the project can also be viewed on vimeo, images on flickr and Facebook. Hundreds of people have build box camera according to Lukas’ plans over the last years. The films and images have been screened and exhibited around the globe.

A publication with the title Afghan Box Camera was release by Dewi Lewis Publishing in late 2013.

Media reports: BBCTimeLightBoxThe GuardianNPRAfghan ScenePhoto Technique Magazine,  Kathmandu Post;