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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Join the Phoblographer and Lomography on the World Pinhole Day Photowalk

Sunday, April 24th is World Pinhole Day–a day for all pinhole photographers to get out there and shoot in celebration of the old school format!

Right here in NYC, The Phoblographer is teaming up with Lomography for our very own World Pinhole Day Celebration with a cool photowalk. If you’ve never shot pinholes, have shot them and want to do them in a more social space, then sign up!

The workshop/photowalk/course gives you:

  • A brief, in-person tutorial on pinhole photography
  • One roll of 120 film with development
  • You’ll be able to use the Diana F+ camera to do this, and Chris will teach you how
  • Personal instruction during the photowalk
  • A mini digital course packet

We’ll walk to a super fun location along the waterfront for shooting pinholes and when we’re all done we’ll head back to the Lomography gallery store. If you’d like, you’ll be able to submit your images to Chris for a personal critique.

Sign up here.

April 24th: World Pinhole Day Workshop in NYC

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April 24th is World Pinhole Day–a day for all pinhole photographers to get out there and shoot in celebration of the old school format!

Right here in NYC, The Phoblographer is teaming up with Lomography for our very own World Pinhole Day Celebration with a cool photowalk. If you’ve never shot pinholes, have shot them and want to do them in a more social space, then sign up!

The workshop/photowalk/course gives you:

  • A brief, in-person tutorial on pinhole photography
  • One roll of 120 film with development
  • You’ll be able to use the Diana F+ camera to do this, and Chris will teach you how
  • Personal instruction during the photowalk
  • A mini digital course packet

We’ll walk to a super fun location along the waterfront for shooting pinholes and when we’re all done we’ll head back to the Lomography gallery store. If you’d like, you’ll be able to submit your images to Chris for a personal critique.

Sign up here.

World Pinhole Day Reminded Me of How Much I Miss Instant Film

Today was World Pinhole Day, and I headed over to Dumbo, Brooklyn to meet up with a couple of fine folks to shoot with pinhole cameras. The meetup was organized by Gave Biderman, the guy behind Ruinism.com (and a co-worker of mine). Gabe reminded me of how much I miss and love instant film. The photos in the gallery above were shot with a pinhole camera using an instant back: which is totally different from the Hasselblads I’ve used before and the Fujifilm Instax that I reviewed. This camera seemed to be a bit more like the 20×24 camera that I toured, except a bit more pint sized (4×5 Fujifilm at both ISO 100 and ISO 3000. All the film was also expired.)

Either way, I just want to say that every now and then, we need to get out there and try something new to keep our brain fresh and also make sure that stay versatile. So with that said, shut up and screw up! I sure did today!

Show us what you did to celebrate World Pinhole Day in the comments below. If you’ve got a Flickr account, feel free to embed them in the comments. And also remember that we’ve got a contest going on using our Flickr group.