One night In the fall of 1993, a guy named Harrod Blank had a dream in which he covered his car with cameras and then drove around and took pictures of people on the streets. When he woke up the next morning he decided to build such a vehicle in reality. With the help of Dan Lohaus and some other friends, Harrod spent the next two years designing and building the van. With a lot of trial and error, the van was completed in 1995 and made it’s debut voyage in April.
The front of the Camera Van features every Polaroid camera ever made. The driver’s side of the camera has Kodak Instamatic Cameras arranged to look like a giant Instamatic Camera. The back of the van has two monitors that play a repeating slideshow of the Camera Van’s photography. The passenger side has a giant film strip created using four color monitors.