Trying to preserve the sensation of historical, bizarre and beautiful cameras J. F. Novotny (also known under his alias J. Flynn Newton) takes very intimate "self portraits" of those unique "personalities".
CameraSelfies® received growing attention in the media. After submitting them to LensCulture, one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography, CameraSelfies® became editors pick; from then the photo series got featured in diverse media (please find some to the right). CameraSelfies® is a continued project; in 2017 (most probably) a book will be published. CameraSelfies will be exhibited during the photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany.
J. F. Novotny's CameraSelfies® are available as originals (limited, numbered and signed) as well as high quality prints from
[British GQ 06/2017]
CameraSelfies @ Inside Out
"CameraSelfies" by Flynn Newton alias German photographer J. F. Novotny are intimate "self portraits" giving personality to the devices behind the selfie phenomenon...[ more]
[AESTHETICA Magazine 8/26/2016]
Q+A with German Photographer Jürgen Novotny
"His work has received attention from CNN, LUI, LensCulture, Saatchi Art and many others. We catch up with Jürgen Novotny about the ideas behind his works and the relevance of analog vs digital..." [ Read more on aestheticamagazine.com]
Campaign: "Qualität ist auch eine Frage der Ehre"
My CameraSelfies are the face of the new RICOH campaign for the Pentax 645Z medium format camera in Germany, Austria & Switzerland
Jürgen Novotny: CameraSelfies
Vor dem Hintergrund der immer noch aktuellen "Selfiemania" ist der Fotograf Jürgen Novotny (alias J. Flynn Newton) der Frage nachgegangen, wie Kameras sich eigentlich selbst fotografieren würden...[ mehr hier]
[LUI Magazine 01/05/2015]
En 2015, adoptez un argentique
Cela fait quarante ans que Jürgen Novotny pratique la photographie, et voir le monde délaisser les appareils argentiques au profit des numériques lui fend le cœur..... [ Read more on LUI.fr]
Camera selfies: Turning the lens on themselves
You won't see any pouty lips or peace signs in these selfies. The criticized and laughable trend has spread to the devices used to capture them.
Prepping for their ultimate self-portrait, vintage cameras docked on old tripods pucker up for their own selfie against backdrops that bring out their best qualities. No filters necessary.
These unusual photos offer a view of the oft forgotten film cameras that brought us to the digital age and ushered in the selfie.... [ Read more on CNN.com]
[500px ISO 1/03/2015]
CameraSelfies: Vintage Cameras Join the Selfie Craze in Quirky 'Self-Portrait' Project
If you’re not an absurdly famous person, it takes some serious creativity to catch the Internet’s eye with a ‘selfie’ project. The term itself has been used to wipe the Web’s metaphorical floor, so much so that it’s likely a project with ‘selfie’ in the name will guarantee at least a few people will pass over it without even looking.
These are the odds photographer, engineer, and 500px user Juergen Novotny was up against with his CameraSelfies project. These are also the odds he smashed to pieces when he got his project featured on CNN, PetaPixel, LensCulture and, now, 500px ISO.... [ Read more on iso.500px]
[Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger / Rundschau 3/14/2015]
Das schicke Selbstportrait der alten Agfa
Jürgen Novotny setzt mit seiner Fotoserie "CameraSelfies" den analogen Apparaten ein vielbeachtetes Denkmal...
Novotny will damit den Selfietrend karikieren, mehr noch aber den "technischen Persönlichkeiten mit eigenem Charakter" ein Denkmal setzen... [zu den Artikeln: KStA, Rundschau]
[EXPRESS Bonn 3/31/2015]
Selfie-Jürgen weltberühmt: Oldie-Kameras fotografieren sich selbst
Arme, alte Analog-Kameras! Seit die digitale Technik am Start ist, will niemand mehr mit den überholten Schätzchen knipsen. Jürgen Novotny (49) aus Hennef aber ist jeck auf die Dinger, sammelt sie seit Jahren... [zum Artikel: Online, JPG]
[La Repubblica 12/2014]
Autoscatto nostalgico, in posa le macchine fotografiche analogiche
Il fotografo tedesco Juergen Novotny nell'era dei selfie e della fotografia digitale ha deciso di rendere omaggio alle vecchie fotocamere analogiche giocando sul concetto di autoscatto. "Con il progetto CameraSelfie - spiega Juergen - ho voluto ricordare quanto sia forte il carattere di queste macchine analogiche perché con l'avvento del digitale il potere di questi miracoli meccanici sembra scomparire sempre di più" ... [ Read more on LaRepubblica.it]
CameraSelfies: Portraits of Historical Cameras Taking Pictures of Themselves
What if cameras got tired of participating in human selfies and decided one day to start taking pictures of themselves? That’s the quirky idea behind a project called “CameraSelfies” by German photographer Juergen Novotny (who also goes by J. Flynn Newton).
The series features photos of various cameras “looking at themselves” in front of contemporary wallpapers that capture the cameras’ personalities... [ Read more on PetaPixel.com]
CameraSelfies: Photographs by Jürgen Novotny (Editors Pick)
According to one widely cited estimate, close to one trillion photos will be taken in 2014. Given that 2013 was already the "Year of the Selfie" (thank you, Oxford English Dictionary), one can safely imagine that our rapidly closing year has been filled with a more-than-modest number of selfies in its own right.
But what if our cameras grew tired of pointing only at us? After all, these poor lenses can only take in so many pouty lips, sideways smiles, theatrical winks and staged kisses. What would it look like if the photo cameras decided to take their own selfies for a change? ... [ Read more on LensCulture.com]
Niumer Of The Week: J. Flynn Newton (CameraSelfies)
What would happen if cameras came up with the idea of taking selfies? Photographer J. Flynn Newton hovered over this question, going on to create a unique and ongoing photo project that has seen his work go viral ... [ Read more on NIUME.com]
CameraSelfies, quando anche le fotocamere scattano selfie a loro stesse
CameraSelfies è un interessante progetto dedicato alla fotografia analogica, che si confronta con se stessa attraverso il concetto del selfie.
CameraSelfies è un progetto fotografico artistico di J. Flynn Newton (al secolo Juergen Novotny) che nell’era dei selfie ha deciso di sfruttare come soggetto le vecchie fotocamere analogiche. Ha così deciso di piazzare alcune delle fotocamere più popolari, ma anche antiche, davanti ad uno specchio e di scattare immagini di loro stesse, rivitalizzando così la lori immagine sfruttando anche sfondi compositi e texture che potremmo definire di “fine art”.... [ Read more on macitynet.it]