Disposable conventional cameras can be recycled, or reloaded with film. A photography project in Chiapas, Mexico which gives a camera to any Maya villager who wants one, and recycles them hundreds of time, is based on these cameras. They are creating an invaluable archive of village life in an area that has been difficult for outside photographers.
As it happens, 4 of the women photographers from this project (and 2 children) are here in New York now, in an exchange with the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Many of the Maya photographers now use 35mm cameras, as well as digital cameras provided by the Girls Club.
The new $11 digital camera requires processing where you purchase it, for $11 more. This site tells how to download the pictures yourself and reuse the camera.
And here's a Mac program for downloadingPosted by Dave at November 15, 2003 02:00 PM