In the paper, we describe an optical system which is capable of providing external access to both the sensor and the lens aperture (i.e., projection center) of a conventional camera. The proposed optical system is attached in front of the camera, and is the equivalent of adding externally accessible intermediate image plane and projection center. The system offers controls of the response of each pixel which could be used to realize many added imaging functions, such as high dynamic range imaging, image modulation, and optical computation. The ability to access the optical center could enable a wide variety of applications by simply allowing manipulation of the geometric properties of the optical center. For instance, panoramic imaging can be implemented by rotating a planar mirror about the camera axis; and small base-line stereo can be implemented by shifting the camera center. We have implemented a bench setup to demonstrate some of these functions. The experimental results are included.