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Interview with Les Cookson: Maker of Historic Optic Devices—Robert Hirsch

  Robert Hirsch: How would you describe yourself? Les Cookson: I’m a self-taught artist and inventor. I’ve been drawing, painting, and doing woodworking since I was a small child. Now I’ve turned that passion into a job recreating devices that assist others in their creative process. RH: How did you get involved with optical devices? LC: It started with the camera lucida. I first learned about the camera lucida while taking a college painting class at American River College in