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We are asked all the time -- Why use a pinhole camera?

To be honest -- We are not 100% sure.  Maybe it is the sport of it all.  The true photograph process.  The total unknown end product and very little control over the shoot, view and exposure.

There are a couple wonderful resources for those that wish to learn more about the art and craft of anolog photography and shooting with a pinhole camera.  

First a bit of history from Wikipedia:  A pinhole camera, a variation of Camera obscura, is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Exposures can typically range from five seconds up to as much as several hours. The effect was noted in the 5th century BC in China and has been refined over the centuries.

In the 5th century BC, the Mohist philosopher Mozi  in ancient China mentioned the effect of an inverted image forming through a pinhole and the pinhole concept was started.  

Here at obscura GRAPHICS we use for our analog shots  a hand crafted wood (cherry/walnut) NOPO 120 camera.  The cameras are crafted with care in Madrid Spain.  The following is a promotional video prodecued for NOPO.  Our NOPO was purchsed in Madrid at a wonderful art gallery and photo supply studio called:  Walden Visual Supplies

Pinhole cameras can be handmade by the photographer for a particular purpose. In its simplest form, the photographic pinhole camera can consist of a light-tight box with a pinhole in one end, and a piece of film or photographic paper wedged or taped into the other end. A flap of cardboard with a tape hinge can be used as a shutter. The pinhole may be punched or drilled using a sewing needle or small diameter bit through a piece of tinfoil or thin aluminum or brass sheet. This piece is then taped to the inside of the light-tight box behind a hole cut through the box. A cylindrical oatmeal container may be made into a pinhole camera.

If you are interested in the technical background and history of camera obscura we suggest that you visit the following Wikipedia page:  Camera obscura

Looking for images (other than obscura GRAHPICS) then may we suggest the following page of pinhole imagery?  Please visit:  40+ Classic Pinhole Photos

And finally -- We find Jude Keogh's work to be captivated and inspiring.  Full article here:  Slowing down with the magic of pinhole photography

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