7 Pinhole Photographers to Inspire You for World Pinhole Day

Lead photo by Kenneth Leishman. All images used with permission in our interviews.

Pinhole photography: it’s arguably one of the oldest forms of photography and the art that’s been available. These days, it’s used in digital variations but by far many of the best pinhole photographers these days shoot film. So in celebration of the upcoming World Pinhole Day this year, we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite pinhole photographers we’ve interviewed.

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Why I Built a 90mm 4×5 Film Pinhole Camera

All photos and blog post by Julian L. Used with permission.


I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm film through it. After a few years I graduated onto a Voigtlander Vitoret D and my dad found at a car boot sale. It was cheap because the shutter was jammed, but dad fixed it for me. I ‘helped’ with the repair (watched and tried not to get in the way, I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time). The shutter mechanism absolutely fascinated me. I remember dad explaining aperture and shutter speed to me, because the camera was unmetered. It took a little while to get used to it, but got there in the end. Anyway I had several other cameras, but I always remember these two. The Instamatic introduced me to photography and the Voigtlander taught me the importance of exposure.

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The Jollylook: A Vintage Style Instax Film Camera Made from Cardboard

Every time a new Instax camera gets announced it’s a genuinely great reason to get excited: and a new Kickstarter called the Jollylook wants to inspire to many others. The Jollylook is a foldout camera made from recycled paper and cardboard with some glass elements for the lenses and the shutter and aperture are made of thick paper and laminated cardboard.

Quirky, but indeed kind of cool too!

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This Matchbox Pinhole Camera Is So Fun

Screenshot taken from video. 

Pinhole photography is perhaps the most basic yet creative genre to explore on the cheap, while being super enjoyable at the same time. We found this tutorial video by Brightside on how to construct a working pinhole camera using a matchbox as the camera body.

For this simple project, you will need a standard matchbox which has just the right size to house a 35mm standard film, a fresh roll of 35mm film, an empty roll of 35mm film, thin cardboard (the box of the new film can be used), black PVC electrical tape, a silver tape, scissors, a sharp craft knife, a needle or a pin, and a black marker pen.

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First Impressions: Lumu Power Light Meter

Last year, Lumu launched a Kickstarter for a brand new Light meter for the iPhone that would be able to meter color, ambient light, and flash output. For anyone that uses a light meter of any sort, this sounds wonderful (sans being able to trigger a monolight via the meter). At Photokina 2016, I finally got the chance to see their unicorn product: the Lumu Power. The company claims that it will be delivered this November, and that they’ve had a number of holdups along the way. Sure, they’re late on delivering their Kickstarter promises, but they’re now ready to get it out to the public.

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The Pinhole Photography of a Filmmaker

All images by Steven Dempsey. Used with permission.

“What matters most to me as a photographer is not just capturing the beauty of a thing or person, but also conveying a particular feeling.” says photographer Steven Dempsey. Indeed, his mind is in the advanced stages of the creative process. “A pretty picture by itself is just that but when I can find a way to give it soul, then that is truly a beautiful thing.”

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Steven moved to New York with a rock band. When that crashed and burned, he took up oil painting before getting into web and graphic design. “Static imagery led to an interest in video and I created Americonic Films with director/composer Glenn Scott Lacey. My interest in moving images eventually steered me to my strongest passion to date, photography.”

For Steven, the creative process became really interesting when experimenting with Pinholes.

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Creative Photographers: We Want to Feature Your Work

Continuing with the Phoblographer’s aim to share the psychology behind why we create, we’re specifically calling on those that do Creative Photography. What does that mean? Consider the idea behind Creating vs Capturing. When you capture a scene, you generally don’t have direct involvement in how it looks, to someone. But if you’re actively working to mess around and change the scene to suit a specific creative vision that you have, then you’re creative.

PS: This doesn’t mean that you need to Photoshop!

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