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Who are some of the best Pinhole Photographers

Sean Depuydt , Oct 12, 2008; 12:01 p.m.

I've been searching for folks that might be considered the best using pinhole cameras. Specifically, if possible 6x12. Any thoughts? Thanks - Sean


Ellis Vener , Oct 12, 2008; 12:06 p.m.

Abelardo Morell doesn't use a pinhole camera but he does turn rooms into camera obscuras and then photographs the projected image with a conventional large format camera: http://www.abelardomorell.net/

Patrick Dempsey , Oct 12, 2008; 03:52 p.m.

I can't remember his name but the guy who does 110 film canister pinholes is pretty amazing. Lots of shots of his teeth. But that's not exactly 6 x 12... and I guess you mean 6cm x 12cm and not mm or inches right? Many pinholers shoot whole sheets of 8x10 paper as it's easier to handle than film and since there is already a built-in limiting resolution with the images. I think you will find that not many of people's favorite pinholers will be shooting the specific format you are talking about, as the BEST will typically be people who are shooting with cameras they built using pinholes they made by hand which will be higher precision than ones cut with a laser (due to thickness of the material).

Dana Gee , Oct 12, 2008; 03:54 p.m.

Barbara Ess is cool - see the book "I Am Not This Body."

Marv Thompson , Oct 12, 2008; 09:01 p.m.

You might take a look a f295.org. Entirely dedicated to lensless and alternative photography.

Sean Depuydt , Oct 14, 2008; 06:13 a.m.

Thanks all, some very good leads. - Sean

John Fleshin , Oct 23, 2008; 02:05 p.m.

Is Eric Renner still running a site? I think he definitely jolted pinhole back from the almost dead about 15 years ago? I think he published one or two books. John

John Fleshin , Oct 26, 2008; 01:14 p.m.

Renner is still at it, just do a search, lots of links to pinhole matters. I think it is Pinhole Resource?

regards, John

Mike Connealy , Oct 26, 2008; 03:27 p.m.

Here is the contents of the pinhole links page from my site:

f295; The Art of Pinhole Photography
A community of enthusiasts who share images and wisdom.

Lenox Laser
A source for laser-drilled pinholes and useful information.

Pinhole Photography - History, Images, Cameras, Formulas
A nice overview of pinhole basics and history by Jon Grepstad

pinholephotography.com.au (theory)
Roll your own pinholes

Zero Image
Collectible Handmade Wooden Pinhole Cameras (and a nice image gallery)

Pinhole Photography is a liberating, enlightening and educating experience
Inspirational images and ideas from Finland

Pinhole Photographs by Jeff Korte
Very fine work with large-format pinhole cameras.

Captured Starlight
A blog dedicated to alternative & creative photography. Includes excellent
illustrations for the construction of a curved film-plane panoramic camera.

Gary Alexander's Pinhole Page
A designer solution for ultra-wide, ultra-sharp images.

Pinhole Photography
from Mexico via Zonezero

Boy of Blue
Unique, though not everyone's cup of tea.

I put that list together mostly for people looking for technical info, but there are also some very good image makers included.

There used to be quite a few pinhole photographers trying to post images on photo.net, but I think many were discouraged by clueless ratings and comments. There have been some site changes which have improved the environment somewhat, so maybe some will be lured back.

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