The Century Camera

Here's the latest project from artist Jonathon Keats, whose work has been posted about on WU quite a few times before (such as here and here). He writes:

launching next Friday: a camera I've designed to take a hundred-year-long exposure, capturing gradual change in cities (and thereby holding developers accountable to the next generation). Next week a hundred of the cameras will be hidden throughout Berlin, to be retrieved in 2114.

Some more details:
The cameras use sheets of black paper in place of ordinary film. The pinhole focuses light on the black paper sheet, such that the paper fades most where the light is brightest, very slowly creating a unique positive image of the scene in front of the camera. "The photograph not only shows a location, but also shows how the place changes over time," Mr. Keats explains. "For instance an old apartment building torn down after a quarter century will show up only faintly, as if it were a ghost haunting the skyscraper that replaces it." ...

Participants will be free to hide their cameras anywhere in Berlin that they deem worthy of long-term clandestine observation, and they'll be expected to keep the location secret into old age. At that stage, the participant will reveal the location to a child, who in turn will be responsible for keeping the secret into adulthood, so that 100 years from now one person in the world will know where to retrieve each camera. Whoever brings a camera back to Team Titanic in 100 years will collect the 10-euro deposit, and the 100-year photo will be extracted from the sealed pinhole canister for inclusion in a special Team Titanic exhibition. The exhibit is scheduled to open on 16 May 2114.

Full details at

     Posted By: Alex - Mon May 12, 2014
     Category: Photography and Photographers

Why didn't you wait to post this with the results, Alex?

:red: Oh, yea.... we won't be here!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/12/14 at 12:28 PM
Who needs time capsules anyway?
Posted by Fluffy Bunny Slippers on 05/12/14 at 02:46 PM
As I read this I thought of the stop motion animation from the 1960 movie "The Time Machine."
Posted by KDP on 05/12/14 at 03:02 PM
Not something that holds much interest for us now though.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/12/14 at 07:17 PM
Some of these may be of interest:

I'm sure you can all find many more of the same. The sad thing is we seem to be progressing backwards instead of forwards these days to getting along with each other. SIGH !!!!! 😖
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 05/12/14 at 10:37 PM
I wonder if this will even work. It would be very disappointing if, after 100 years, all the sheets just had a white blob in the middle.
Posted by RobK on 05/13/14 at 12:02 PM
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