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ADVANCE NOTICE: View a Camera Obscura + Pinhole Event ……….. @ Foto Frenzy 20 April 2013

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Foto Frenzy (Brisbane) Camera Obscura and WPPD prelude: 20 April 12 Noon to 4.00pm

On this day the photographers Cooper+Spowart will create a camera obscura in the foyer of Gallery Frenzy for visitors to view and make photographs in. Additionally attendees will be advised on how to convert Digi and Film cameras into pinhole devices to participate in World Pinhole Photography Day on 28 April, 2013.

Foto Frenzy is situated @ Unit 3 – 429 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. (Next to Brisbane Camera Hire)

Camera Obscura diagram

A 17th century camera obscura illustration


The foyer of Foto Frenzy will be blacked out – a pinhole will be placed in the window facing Bennetts Road. Screens will be set up inside the gallery area to image the light from outside.

FF-Camera Obscura


The camera obscura will be available for viewing from 12 Noon until 4.00pm and we are hoping for a sunny day as that will yield the most visible best results.

At 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00pm Vicky and Doug will demonstrate how to convert your Digi or Film SLR into a pinhole camera. Bring a plastic body cover if you have one, it may be able to be drilled for pinhole insertion. Materials will be available for you to make your own pinhole.

And at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm Darren will demonstrate wet darkroom pinhole camera shooting (with a simple box & paper) and print processing in the NEW Foto Frenzy darkroom.

Instructions for preparing and uploading pinhole photos to the World Pinhole Photography Day site will be available.







Written by Cooper+Spowart

April 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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  1. Fantastic!!!

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    alison mooney

    April 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  2. Mr. Spowart,

    I am writing a book on creating comics, and describing what artist such as Caravaggio may have done — possibly using the camera obscura to aid drawing. I like the illustration you have used title A 17th Century Camera Obscura Illustration. I was wondering if you have a source for this image, and is it royalty free. Thanks for any reply.


    David Stoddard

    November 3, 2014 at 5:46 am

    • Hi David,
      I think the illustration came from a Kodak history of photography booklet from the late 1960s – I copied it for lectures done for Kodak when I worked for them in the 1970s. I’ve gone looking just now and can’t find any reference in the George Eastman House collection – tho it was just a quick search. BTW I checked WIKIPEDIA – there are a couple of illustrations there including drawings by Canaletto – public domain. Might be of interest to you. Another source might be Eric Renner’s book ‘Discovering Pinhole a Historic Technique’. I don’t have a copy at hand but there maybe some illustrations there that you could track down via Eric. Hope this helps… Cheers Doug

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