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Stephen Takacs Presents First NYC Solo Exhibition at Bushwick Community Darkroom

November 12, 20222 min read

Takacs is an innovator at the forefront of the analog photography resurgence, having designed a life-sized, touring, interactive camera obscura entitled “The Brownie in Motion Project” which will also be on view at BCD October 17th through 26th. Straddling myriad roles, from visual art to editorial work, Takacs’ artistic practice incorporates his passion for portraiture and creating living narratives through documentary. His 2010 project “The Final Days of Kodachrome” encompassed a nationwide documentary photo tour of U.S. photo development facilities which were struggling to survive at the time the beloved, 75-year strong film was finally taken out of circulation. Through his artwork, workshops and lectures Takacs engages diverse communities across the U.S. in a dialogue about the role of image-making, and reveals new applications for the film tradition in the modern era.

For his solo exhibition “Selections from The Brownie in Motion Project” at BCD, Takacs will present a series of prints from his homemade large-format camera obscura. The focus of his artistic work with this device has been documenting people who practice disappearing trades across the country. This series of rich black-and-white portraits serves as the backdrop for audience members to learn how to make their own pinhole cameras: on October 19th, Takacs presents an immersive workshop on the format and introduce the basics of developing paper negatives. Registration at


Stephen Takacs is a fine artist and editorial photographer based in Columbus, Ohio with a passion for analog processes. In 2013, Takacs built a one-of-a-kind camera obscura modeled after a 40's era Kodak Brownie box camera that is roughly the size of a Range Rover. Since that time, he's traversed the country with his bigger than life Brownie photographing inspiring craftspeople who continue to work with their hands in our increasingly digitized world. His portraits are shot on large pieces of B&W film and photo paper that are often developed inside the camera itself.

This October Stephen and the Brownie in Motion Project will travel to The Bushwick Community Darkroom in New York for a solo exhibition of photographs, running October 17th through December 1, 2019. The camera obscura will only be on view from October 17 - 26th so visit early!

LINK: Stephen Takacs Demonstrates Camera Obscura for The Journal Gazette (VIDEO)

LINK: Stephen Takacs Blog Post on Don’t Take Pictures

LINK: Stephen Takacs Blog Post on Craft the Show - “The Last Days of Kodachrome” Project




GALLERY RECEPTION EVENT: October 17th, 2019, 6:30PM-9:30PM

Bushwick Community Darkroom

110 Troutman St., Brooklyn NY, 11206


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