pinhole photography

Photo: Angela Breda


Pictures through a hole

Even those working as early as Leonardo da Vinci used the "camera obscura" as a drawing aid. Nowadays this technique, in the form of a "pinhole camera", experiences a revival and is used by many photographers as a means of artistic expression. A small hole, the size of a pin, is sufficient to produce a visual image. The simplest form of a pinhole camera, a shoebox with a hole, is often used in drawing classes as an introduction into the world of photography. However, it has only been insiders who have known that it is also possible to create wonderful pinhole photographs with a digital SLR camera.

The photography exhibition "PINHOLE II– Pictures through a hole" displays works from students, graduates and staff of the Photography School Vienna and addresses the portrayal of pinhole photography as an artistic form of expression. Inspired by the origins of image reproduction, the participating photographers focused on this centuries-old technique and photographed selected subjects from around Vienna.

In doing so, the photographers took advantage of the unique qualities of the pinhole camera: through the evenly dispersed image focus, or rather lack of focus, combined with the resulting graphically 2-dimesional effect, the spatial perception of the photographed subject fades into the background. In this way many pinhole photographs function as drawings, which in turn returns photography to its original definition: “photo graphein”, which is ancient Greek for “drawing with light”.


pinhole photography

Photo: Peter Urban

Exhibiting photographers:

Angela Breda, Bärbel Tomasi, Bernd Bogensberger, Christian Werner, Claudia Österbauer, Dirk Zabel, Ida Räther, Inge Falkner, Iris Falkner, Katharina Harlander, Markus Hippmann, Martina Schildendorfer, Nikki Harris, Paola Zofrea Battipede, Pepa Georgieva, Peter Urban, Sonja Bachmayer, Stephanie Prochnow, Tina Blaukovics

pinhole photography

Photo: Paola Zofrea Battipede

Photography exhibition in PhotoQuarter Vienna
Schlössl Kino, Margaretenstraße 127, 1050 Vienna

Opening: Monday 26th November 2012, 8pm

Opening Hours: November 27th - 6th December 2012
Monday to Thuryday: 4 pm-6 pm

Admission free

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