Behind the lens of the camera that restricts what you shoot

Eiffel Tower? Pfft, no way, not gonna happen.
A look through the viewfinder when the camera does not allow you to take a photo of an oft-photographed place. (Philipp Schmitt)

Philipp Schmitt is a interaction designer in Germany who made waves recently with Camera Restricta, a GPS-enabled camera that can search the internet for photos taken at your current location. If too many photos have already been taken, the shutter button retracts, and you can't take a picture. An art provocation more than a product, Philipp built the camera as a way to explore artificial scarcity and digital tools for censorship.


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