Tin-Can Enlarger

In Badou, Big Man sold dry whole milk, Quaker Oats and Instant Necafé in tin cans. By my third year, I had sporadic electricity at home, provided by a gasoline generator in town. Wanting to share pictures with my family at home, I built a photographic enlarger out of some of the tin cans. The projecting lens was taken from a broken 35mm camera. The enlarger lamp, housed in the Quaker Oats can, was a standard light bulb. It was a horizontal enlarger so I could focus the image by sliding it along the shelf. The print paper was held to a flat steel can with magnets. I bought the red light and developing chemicals in Lomé. This picture was printed using the enlarger: