On April 24th of this year several thousand people around the world will take pinhole photographs in celebration of the 11th annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Many of those people will be making their first pinhole photo in one of the dozens of workshops held around the world. Why do they do this? Because its fun, its an opportunity to create something on your own without an electronic device doing it for you, its kind of old fashioned, and you get to share it all with other people.
I’ll be leading one of these “pinhole day” workshops at the Durham Arts Council on Saturday, April 23rd and invite anyone in the Durham area to give it a try. The workshop lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It starts off with a brief slide show history of pinhole photography and some ideas about special things that can be done with a pinhole camera. Then everyone makes their own camera and learns how to make a paper negative with the camera. You’ll also learn how to develop the negative and make a print from it in a traditional darkroom, the way its been done for decades. There’ll be time to experiment while taking photos. At the end of the day, we’ll all upload our photos to the online gallery of the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.
Everything you need will be provided in the workshop. It’ll be fun; you’ll see!
For more information, please read the Durham Arts Council catalog.
You can sign up at the Durham Arts Council registration site.
The Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day website has lots of information on pinhole photography and how to participate in “pinhole day”.
Please post a comment below or write me if you have questions about pinhole day or the workshop.