Photo as Art

Analog Simplicity is an online gallery of photographs taken by artist P.K. McNulty using vintage cameras from the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. These aging mechanical cameras produce unpredictable effects like blur and light leak which are considered mistakes by some but magnificent imperfections by the artist.

The photos that you see on these pages were primarily taken with analog film cameras from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Cameras like the Agfa Clack, Zeiss Contaflex and Wardflex from Montgomery Ward were marketed to families wanting to create simple long-lasting memories.


Today, we have smart phones that produce high resolution photographs with apps capable of masking and correcting even the slightest imperfection. The results are enhanced images that are nearly a perfect representation of a person, place, or event. 

I am drawn to the analog technology of the past. Although these cameras were state of the art at one time, years of use has worn out many of the mechanical parts affecting functions like shutter speed and aperture causing unpredictable effects like blur and light leaks. 

I believe that the mechanical deficiencies of these vintage cameras produce analog film images that are magnificently imperfect. In this art form, compelling  composition and simple story telling eclipse perfection. 

Thank you for visiting.

Patrick McNulty