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. Operating a pinhole camera is within the reach of all and working with instant film allows students to experiment and refine their vision while working from a new and different perspective. 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?
Most workshops are 2.5 hours. Students are first given a lively and brief overview of the craft and then they work hands-on with two or more specially built cameras that use inexpensive Fuji Instax film, which is similar to Polaroid integral film (no longer available). Working outside in natural light and techniques for long-exposure "light painting" are covered. Each student gets to make a number of shots that they get to see right then and there and can take home. Experimentation is encouraged. Students share their images with the group at the conclusion and wrap-up.
What is provided?
Workshop hosts generally make available a PowerPoint equipped computer, LCD projector and screen. All other gear is brought the day of the workshop.
How much does it cost?
Material fees are $7.00 per student. The instructor fee is $200 plus transportation (if any.). Home bases are Philadelphia and New York City.
Recommended number of students: Up to fifteen.
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.