In celebration of World Pinhole Photography Day today, we’ve decided to make a compilation of all the amazing pinhole-related stuff we’ve seen, written, and read here in the Lomography website through the years. We’re sure many of you will be out to take pinhole snaps throughout the day in celebration of the occasion, but in case you’re itching for some more inspiring reads on pinhole photography, you might as well read on and check out our compilation!
Although already equipped with a degree in Photography, Justin Quinnell got into pinhole photography a little over a decade ago, when he became the Head of Photography while teaching in a college in Bristol, UK, a time when "one person would have a fully manual Zenith B beside another with a fully automatic camera. " We’ve had interviews with Justin in the Magazine through the years, and one thing hasn’t changed: his enthusiasm for pinhole photography.
Itching to go pinhole this month but quite familiar with the dos and don’ts? A fine art photographer who specializes in pinhole cameras comes to your rescue with a helpful five-minute clip telling you everything you need to know to get started on pinhole photography!
Since I started pin-holing the world, I have had the strong desire to make a special camera, with the purpose of shooting just one photograph. The purpose was to sacrifice the camera in the process of photo creation – I wanted the camera to become the photograph. To let you understand, the process from the camera to the photograph is the same that ties the baby bird to the egg: the bird grows protected from the shell and when it’s ready breaks it and comes out. This is why I decided to create the Pinhegg – An Egg Pinhole Camera.
When I was a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Perugia, I fell in love with stenopeic photography and started gathering every kind of document I could about it and its technical evolution. I asked for some information from my photography teacher, Antonio Todini – He suggested that I search “Pinhole Photography” on the internet and as a way of remembering things said: “Pinhole, it sounds like pinolo (pine nut, in Italian), but with the ‘H’ after the ‘N’ and the final ’E’”. Since that moment the little nut planted itself in my mind and grew in the form of a challenge to make my very own pine nut pinhole camera!
What started out as a silly idea became an inspiration for me for a pinhole project. Entitled “Ghost Employees,” my goal is to document and illustrate the hustle and bustle of people’s everyday working life. Interested? Let me share with you some more of my thoughts on this ongoing project after the jump!
Who says you can’t make pinhole videos? Photographers Romain Alary and Antoine Levi of stenop.es started a pinhole movie project and recently revealed their second episode. Watch the clips below and see how a little pinhole can make a big impact.