|dimensions||98 x 70 x 68 mm|
Nowadays, photography is such an abundantly used medium that its functional principles are being slightly forgotten. If we take a picture by mobile phone or a reflex camera, the main principle has not changed since the first one was taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1820, it is still based on the same principle drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Codex Atlaticus or even far before (about 4th century B.C.) described by the Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti. Nowadays, when our world is broadly digitalized and cameras are common parts of mobile devices, experimentation with classical photography has become paradoxically even more expensive than it used to be. Therefore, by introducing Rubikon, I would like to mediate these principles in a funny and easy-to-use way. Nevertheless I would also like to offer mass photographers an alternative way not to take just gigabytes of pictures but also some shots with unique atmosphere and specific creative approach.
Rubikon is a paper cut-out, which becomes a functioning camera (camera obscura) after gluing together.
In 1979 the ABC magazine published a jigsaw called Dirkon, which paraphrased the single-lensed reflex cameras, which used to be very popular at that time. The cut-out Rubikon was first published in 2005 in the 8. issue of the ABC magazine, 25 years after introducing Dirkon. Since that time it has been also published in foreign media dealing with photography. Rubikon is also used as a teaching aid at some schools of photography and elementary schools.
The second version of Rubikon, The Pinhole Rebel is even more user friendly and easy to build.
Before putting it together, read the manual carefully, please! I will be very grateful for any feedback, comment or idea for improvement.
Rubikon of author Jaroslav Juřica is subjected to Creative Commons license Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported Czech Republic.
PDF Rubikon 2.3 (588 kB) - english
PDF Rubikon 184.108.40.206 (438 kB) - espaňol
PDF Rubikon 220.127.116.11 (457 kB) - portugese