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Steven Pippin

Regen Projects

With magic hands and technological wizardry, Steven Pippin has transformed toilets, bathtubs, and, most recently, a trailer home, into fully functioning pinhole cameras. His recent show, “Interior,” consisted of three projects: one piece (a 40-foot photo mural and its accompanying camera) shared the show’s title and presented a twist on the century-old game of photographing the American West. Like Timothy O’Sullivan, who carted glass plates and tent darkrooms aboard the backs of uncomplaining donkeys in the late 1800s, Pippin also uses cumbersome equipment. But, unlike O’Sullivan, Pippin’s miraculous photographs of nature are upstaged by the means used to create them.

Pippin dragged his four-wheel vacation villa—finished in matte aluminum—to Death Valley, where he set up shop and pinholed the magnificent view. Inside the camera, presumably sweating, the photographer watched patiently as

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