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Ancient Magic Art Tools is a camera maker based in Lincoln, California, founded by Les Cookson. It makes camera obscuras and camera lucidas, mainly wooden original constructions and replica models, but also a cheap cardboard kit for 5 (!) camera obscuras for educational experimenting. The wooden cameras are made as real artists' drawing tools.


  • Oak portable box camera obscura
  • English style mahogany sliding box camera obscura (replica)
  • Vermeer's camera (replica)

several camera lucidas and other camera obscuras

The "Vemeer's camera" is a replica of Anson K. Cross 1934 reconstruction of a camera how Jan Vermeer (1632—1675) might have used it for his nearly "photo-realistic" paintings.


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