A Giant Portable Camera Obscura Is Setting Up in Seoul Soon

If you’re in Seoul in the coming days, keep an eye out for this giant camera obscura project setting up soon!

We’ve seen a fair number of cool camera obscura projects in the past, and we’re glad to add one more to the list. Seoul-based Justin Lovett recently decided to build a giant, portable camera obscura using a tent and some blackout curtain fabric. Projects like this are fun ways to learn about photography and how a camera works in its simplest form, so if you’re curious about how you can build one yourself, you might get some ideas from the videos documenting this project! If you’ll be in the South Korean capital in the coming days as well, you may even see this tent-camera in action!

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Brendan Barry Transformed a Skyscraper Space Into a Camera Obscura

Brendan Barry converting the entire 46th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper into a camera obscura was the highlight of the Skyscraper Camera Project.

From May 10 to 16, Brendan Barry transformed the 46th floor of Manhattan’s iconic 101 Park Avenue into a creative photographic space. Dubbed the Skyscraper Camera Project, the site-specific installation comprised of a camera obscura, a darkroom, and a temporary art installation. The UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker also photographed some pedestrians on the building’s plaza using a camera built from a scale model replica of 101 Park Avenue.

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Brendan Barry Makes His Own Cameras by Hand

The latest installment of the ILFORD Inspires series takes us to the camera-making and print-making adventures of a large format photographer.

In the newest episode of the ILFORD Inspires series, we are introduced to UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker Brendan Barry, as well as some of the fascinating handmade cameras he uses to create his prints. Whether you have a keen interest on making your own cameras or simply curious about what his creations have allowed him to achieve, you’ll definitely be delighted watching this short film.

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This Project Aims to Convert a Camper Van Into a Giant 360° Pinhole Camera

If funded successfully, the 360° Pinhole Camper Van project will be traversing Europe to take pinhole photos and videos. 

While some of us are dreaming of a nomadic life aboard a converted camper van, London-based freelance photographer Santino Pani wants to transform his van into a giant 360° Pinhole Camper Van. If he meets his £15,000 funding goal on Indiegogo, he plans to take it across Europe and document what he already perceives to be an extraordinary photographic experience.

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Explore Photography’s Origins with George Eastman Museum’s Photographic Processes Series

Photography may already have progressed by leaps and bounds, but an interesting video series by George Eastman Museum reminds us of how it all began.

For today and future generations, film photography may already seem to be as traditional as photographic processes go. But it actually stretches way back. For us to be able to appreciate how far photographic technology has come, George Eastman Museum created a series of videos that take us back to the processes that revolutionized how we see and capture the world through photography.

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Ross den Otter Takes Stunning Portraits with a Camera Obscura

All images by Ross den Otter. Used with permission. 

Inspired by the painters during the Renaissance period, Ross den Otter built his own camera obscura which he needed to literally walk into and be inside the camera box to take pictures. He has created a series of stunning portrait photographs with this process.

Camera obscura technically was a 16th century camera used mainly by painters to accurately reproduce perspective. Only the wealthy at that time could afford expensive paintings of themselves. Motivated by using this 400 years old photo technology in a modern setting, Ross den Otter constructed a life sized obscura camera, roughly the size of a walk in closet at 4 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet dimension. Ross shared some interesting facts about this project utilizing a 19th century Fox-Talbot paper negative process, several 20th century electronic flashes, a World War II era aerial reconnaissance lens, a scanner from the 21st century, and finally, digital post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

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Witness the Rebirth of the Camera Obscura in This New Kickstarter


Meet the revival of the camera obscura, which we hope as photographers you already know is the great-grandfather of cameras. It’s a beautiful maple (or walnut) hardwood-built 6-inch-cubed 33-oz goodness that features a spherical 38mm glass lens and a 5-square-inch ground viewing glass.

Now meet its revivalist, Les Cookson of Lincoln, CA. He’s been building camera obscuras, camera lucidas, and zoetropes for different individuals and institutions for several years now. Last year, he has successfully raised the funds for his zoetrope-revival project. Today, he is asking for our help once again.

He and Ken Higginson just started a Kickstarter project together to help fund the resurrection of the camera obscura for use in the general public – in art, in photography, in cinematography, or if you prefer, in home décor. And they’re offering more than Thank You postcards, bracelets from some obscure Tibetan town, or a measly discount for the products in exchange for your support. For pledges starting at $59, you guys will get either your very own camera obscura or its DIY kit (basically made from the same materials, just unassembled) version, plus a few extras depending on how much you’re pledging.

They’ve just made their pledge goal but you’ve still got 6 days left if you’re interested owning one of these wooden babies. Cookson promises quality materials and professional woodworking on every single one of the units they produce and he comes with the National Gallery of Art’s seal of approval (he built 30 camera obscuras for them for their Johannes Vermeer workshop) so we think this project is promising. Why don’t you go check out the details for yourself on their Kickstarter page?

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Ilford Shows off New Obscura Pinhole Camera at Focus on Imaging


As probably one of the most obscure announcements, Ilford has announced their new Pinhole Obscura camera at Focus on Imaging this year. As far as tech specs go, don’t expect anything more than what a typical pinhole obscura camera might be.

This camera sports an 87mm lens (with 0.3mm pinhole) for 4×5 film or treated paper. It also features a magnetic lock design, with a rotating front for ambidextrous usage.

Ilford has nothing about it on their page yet, but according to ePhotoZine, this will cost around $89.77 when it arrives during the Easter season.