The Intrepid Camera Co. story started with founder Max Grew’s (pictured) idea for an open-source design for a large-format camera, which became his final year project in Product Design at Sussex University. Soon after graduating in 2014, he found that there was strong demand for the finished product – which he realised he could create, build and sell in a commercial enterprise – so he and a partner founded The Intrepid Camera Co.
With a small loan they rented a tiny workshop in Hove, and built the first prototype 4×5 camera. In late 2014, after an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign (more than doubling the £27,000 needed to start the company), they began manufacturing in earnest.
In late 2015, Max successfully applied to become part of the FIELD maker project, and in spring 2016 took up an 18-month residency in our spacious workshop – giving the company lots more room and scope to develop their product and grow. During this time, another new product was developed – the 8×10 – which was launched via another highly successful Kickstarter, in June 2017.
In late 2017, when the FIELD residency ended, Max moved with the rest of the FIELD residents to a new co-workspace in Brighton which they have created themselves, and called LeftField! Since moving, Intrepid Camera have built an even bigger workshop, increased the team, and created a new product in response to customer requests – a Lens Board Adaptor – now on sale in their online shop.
The Intrepid Camera Co has come a long way in four short years! It was great that FIELD could play a part in their success, in helping bring the company to meet its goals and potential, in a short space of time.