news: How it all began Stories

The idea for an affordable, handmade 4x5 camera first came to me about 5 years ago, I had just started with photography, which for me was building crude film cameras in a few hours, just to see what I could make. I used to, and still do, enjoy the process of building a camera just as much as taking pictures.

Out of a new love of large format but lack of money, I decided I wanted to make my own 4x5 camera. The hobby soon formed itself into a university project in the summer of 2013 resulting in an early incarnation of the Intrepid 4x5, and after graduation in 2014 it quickly became much more than that.

My firend Eddie had gotten involved and we were lucky enough to get a small loan which we used to make some prototypes and rent a small workshop in Hove on England's south coast. From here we began planning how we could share the project with the world, Kickstarter was an obvious choice and the project really started to gain momentum as we worked towards producing our first crowdfund campaign.

We initially gave ourselves around 50-50 odds of the Kickstarter campaign actually reaching its target over the 30-day period. Needless to say we were incredibly overwhelmed and humbled by the response we got when it reached the target in two days!

When the campaign closed it was more than double the £27,000 funding which we needed to start the company.

The money went mostly on establishing ourselves as both designers and manufacturers of the camera by allowing us to purchase the nessasary machinery and equipment. Having complete control over the entire process has been key to the success of the project, to be able to say that 90% of the camera is, manufactured by hand in our workshop on the south coast of the UK really means a lot to us.

So that’s us really, and how we came to be. All that remains to be said is a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far and made this a reality, you are just as much a part of this project as we are.

- Maxim Grew

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