Mod a flatbed scanner to take photos that deconstruct time and motion.

By Mike Golembewski


Photography by Mike Golembewski

A scanner’s image sensor captures a scene slowly, line by line.

Several years ago, I built my first scanner camera. The idea was simple: I would use an ordinary flatbed scanner with a homemade large-format camera. The camera would focus the image onto the scanner bed in place of photo paper or film. I expected this to be a quick little art project made with a cardboard box, the cheapest flatbed scanner I could find, and lots of duct tape.

But when I got it all to work, the results were wonderful. Stationary ...

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