Traveler Gets His Portrait Taken With 100-Year-Old Box Camera

For 65 years, this Afghan photographer has used the same century-old box camera.
Derya Ozdemir

In a time where traveling has become impossibly hard, watching traveler bloggers' videos has become almost an excruciating experience. However, they also open a door to faraway times and places which might just be what you're in need of these days.

In this video, Drew Binsky, who is on an adventure to visit every country in the world with only six remaining, shares a story he got to experience in Kabul, Afganistan where he met an Afghan photographer named Haji Meerzaman. The photographer, according to Drew, is the last remaining person in the country who still uses the 100-year-old box camera to take portraits.

Calling the experience straight out of a movie, Drew had his portrait taken as the photographer explained the vintage process behind the ancient camera. 

It is impossible not to be impressed with the quality of the pictures taken, which documents the true power of vintage cameras. This proves that, in most cases, an old film camera, a good lens, and a high-quality film can be better than the cheap, mid-level digital cameras of our day.

If you're curious to see how Drew's portrait turned out and the story of Haji Meerzaman, don't forget to watch the video above.

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