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No Lens, No Problem — on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

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Say what you will about pinhole photography — but it’s hard to argue with its staying power. As we approach Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day [2] on April 29, 2007, we prepare to celebrate a form of lens-less image-making that has been around since the time of Aristotle [3].

What, exactly, is Pinhole Day?

Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to this website [4] where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery.

You can view photographs from last year’s Pinhole Day here [5] — and instructions for how to participate in 2007 here [6].

Writes Peter Marshall at About.com [7]:

Pinhole cameras were known long before photography, and still have a certain interest, not least because of the sharpness in depth they provide. A pinhole doesn’t focus an image, so objects at different distances are more or less equally sharp … If you have a camera – film or digital – which takes interchangeable lenses, taking pinhole images could not be more simple.

Even if you don’t have a camera with interchangeable lenses, it’s easy to make a pinhole camera — so be sure to join in the fun.

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