- how a Texas inventor might have reconstructed
the methods used by Dutch baroque painter Johannes Vermeer
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Southern California Public Radio Reports (article [audio and video available inline])
: Five years ago, a team of photographers created the world’s largest photograph by converting an Orange County jet hanger into a giant [pinhole] camera. The 30-by-111 foot image — called “The Great Picture” — is now on public view [at the Culver Center of the Arts] for only the second time in the U.S. Displaying the giant snapshot can be a monumental challenge. Making it was a lot harder (slyt). [more inside]
In the 1970s Edwin Land
constructed the Moby C: the world's largest instant camera. Not to be confused with its smaller cousin
, this one-of-a-kind Polaroid produces incredible 40x80 (1:1) prints. After serving nearly 20 years as "the museum camera
", Joe McNally put it to the task of heroic portraiture
. He's again employed it to take some beautiful ballerina photos
Every week, two holes are released. The cardboard camera obscura
they belong to travels from one participant of the project to the next, both take their picture on the same sheet of film, juxtaposing (and partly blending) two places somewhere in the world
. Over the weeks and years, in an ongoing and potentially infinite process, a collective world-wide photographic artwork is arising: Camera Obscura 1-∞
(paying homage, as the artists state, to Roman Opalka's
lifelong project "Counted Paintings: 1965 / 1 – ∞
"). It offers some exquisite binocularism with fairly wide eye-distance: New York/Berlin
: a series of photos
by artist Abelardo Morell
(previously discussed here
) in which all light is blocked from a window, save for a small pinprick - the result
is that the entering light projects an upside version of the view onto the wall, creating a hauntingly beautiful image.
trolls the attics and abandoned dressers of the world, finding the great lost portraits of the past, then burying them and posting these laughable ones instead. Develop Dutchophobia and learn to fear the Irma!
The Magic Mirror of Life.
An appreciation of the camera obscura.
is nothing new
. 300 years before there was film people were using the idea of the Camera Obscura
to project images onto nearby surfaces. Using the process to capture the images onto film was a simple progression. But camera cases break, and leak light exposing the film to early.
Enter Thomas Hudson Reeve
who folds his own one time only cameras with the very photo-paper he presents as his finished work
. Only a simple brass plate pinhole shutter is reused and developing is done in the camera by pouring the chemicals directly in.
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