Introduction to Pinhole Photography


  • To understand what pinhole photography is;
  • To learn about the process used to create pinhole photography

After watching the video about pinhole photography, I learned a lot about how to take
photos using pinhole cameras, how to make pinhole cameras, and the ways pinhole
photography is used. The first thing I learned about pinhole photography is that when
taking a pinhole photo, the photo will usually become a negative print, meaning what
should be black becomes white, and vise versa. To fix this, you can put the photo in a
dark room or scan and electronically change it, which will put the image back to "normal".
I also learned that there is no lense on the camera. Due to this, everything is in focus,
no matter how close the subject is to the camera. This also makes the exposure much
longer, meaning that moving objects become blurry. Finally, I learned that some cameras
have photo paper rolled in a circle, while others stay straight and don't bend. The way the
photo paper is stored impacts weather the photos will have a bend to any straight lines.

Katie Cooke

The first artist I found very interesting was Katie Cooke. Katie Cooke is especially
interesting and unique due to the subjects in her photos. Because pinhole photos
tend to have an incredibly long exposure, she uses the exposure to her advantage
to take blurry pictures. These pictures tell a story, because the blur shows where the
subject's body has been. She takes advantage of the motion of her subjects, and
uses them to make her photos more busy.Another thing I found very interesting about
Cooke's work is her diversity in her photos. While most of her photos are of people, she
also takes photos of backgrounds and buildings.

Vera Lutter, LACMA, March 14, 2017,

Vera Lutter, Studio, May 2005

The second artist I chose to write about was Vera Lutter. I was very intrigued by Vera
Lutter due to her creativity and ability to think outside the box. For example, instead of
electronically scanning her pictures or going into the dark room, Lutter keeps her photos
as they were taken. This makes the photos look "opposite" because the colors are
switched and it is in the negative print. Another aspect of Lutter's photography that I
found interesting was what she demonstrated in her Studio album of work from 2005. I
enjoyed that she combined many photos together to create what we would now call a
panoramic photo. This made her pictures wider, and gave a broader view of her subject.