Some Assembly Required: Jim Sincock

This series focuses on those who take the making of pictures a step or two further, creating their own photographic tools.

  The Organ Arches , made with Sincock's homemade 8x10 sliding box camera.

The Organ Arches, made with Sincock's homemade 8x10 sliding box camera.

Jim Sincock, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Having worked with a 4x5 view camera for over 25 years, Jim Sincock had always considered moving to an 8x10. A few years ago he began learning the wet plate collodion process that served as his impetus. Desiring to make photographs larger than a quarter plate, but finding the cost of an 8x10 camera prohibitive, Sincock did what many artists do and found a creative solution.

 8x10 sliding box camera in the field. 

8x10 sliding box camera in the field. 

The 8x10 sliding box camera he constructed contains a wet plate holder and uses antique lenses. The camera began as a cardboard box, evolved to a black foamcore version, and exists now in its wooden form. Using plywood and basic hand tools, Sincock followed the design from Alan Greene’s book Primitive Photography and modified for wet plate, a departure from Greene’s calotype version. 

View more of Jim's work on his website

 

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