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Old Razr photos fodder for new book

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Photos of pets have been a common theme in mobile photography since the beginning. Kyle M. F. Williams found this shot among others on old Razr phones.

The 1.3 megapixel Razr phone from Motorola is the best selling clamshell phone ever. Selling more than 130 million devices from 2004 to 2007, the only thing that could stop the Razr phone was the smartphone revolution. 

Artist Kyle M. F. Williams started collecting the old phones—last marketed over five years ago—to create a sculpture. His project quickly changed after he received the phones.

"I assumed they would all be broken, or wiped, but when I got them I found that half of them still had texts, sexts, pics, and vids. So I took a couple days and figured out how to dump all the content from the phones onto my computer," Williams told Buzzfeed

While none of the photos qualify as art, the low-resolution shots provide a funny portrait of daily life in the mid-2000s. Quicksilver T-shirts and “do-rags” adorn subjects of selfies. Combined with revealing text messages, the book depicts a simpler time when Brad and Jen were still going strong and Honey Boo Boo wasn’t born yet. 

The book, simply titled “Razrs” is available from Amazon for $9.99.

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Total comments: 5
aja2

I checked out the book.... sexting, genital herpes shot & all... Geez, DPR - where are your standards these days... in the toilet?

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GordonAtWork

I still use my Razr V5. It's a phone and it makes/receives calls.

Funny huh ?

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Funny thing is, the battery still seems to work as on day one. They should have kept the good case and update the guts, it would still be as popular as ever.
Ditto Sony DSC F-515 or F-828 cameras; pity the excellent ergonomic design has been abandoned...

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taotoo

I wonder how copyright applies if at all.

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joe6pack

One word - unethical.

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