Why do a pinhole workshop?
Pinhole photography is art, science and history, but most of all, it brings to the foreground a sense of wonder and inquiry. It is the perfect introduction to analog photography and requires no darkroom. Building and shooting with a pinhole camera is within the reach of all. The camera "sees" in unusual, often unpredictable ways, calling for a shift in visual thinking. The technical components involve optics, geometry, mechanics, and the study of how light sensitive materials behave (sensitometry.) Using small apertures as lens substitutes dates back over one hundred years to the dawn of modern photography. The long exposures and improvisational way of working are much akin to the way early photographers worked. Viewers often comment that portraits taken with pinhole cameras have a spectral feel.
What is a workshop like?
Participants learn to build and shoot their very own user-friendly 35mm pinhole cameras built nearly from scratch, using mostly common tools and materials. A PowerPoint, step-by-step construction guide helps the DIY process run smoothly. RA has been working with pinhole photography for nearly ten years and has helped build dozens of successful cameras.
What is provided?
We provide all necessary tools and materials for groups up to sixteen people. Workshop hosts generally make available a PowerPoint equipped computer, LCD projector and screen.
How much does it cost?
Material fees are $6 per student.
Instructor fee for a camera building workshop is $200.
Recommended number of students: Up to sixteen.
Appropriate for ages: 12 and up.
Pinhole workshops are part of Tsirkus Fotografika, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501c3 non profit.
Please allow at least three weeks lead time when scheduling.