Friday, April 26, 2013

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013

Sunday 28th April 2013 is the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2013, an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography which is held each year on the last Sunday in April since 2001.

Everyone in the world is invited to take a picture with a pinhole camera, upload it to and become part of the internet's premier pinhole photography gallery.

Hundreds of locally-organized events will take place in every corner of the earth to promote this ancient, but increasingly popular photographic practice. Enthusiastic volunteers, in many countries of the planet, will organize symposiums, meetings, workshops, and lessons to encourage this photographic experience, initiate new followers and help new artists to emerge. Special attention will be devoted to young folks and schools. Particular support will be given to teachers who will ask for it.

Pinhole cameras have no lens at all and pinhole photos are taken simply through a small hole, about the size of a pin. It is very fun, educational and creative to use these kinds of cameras that can even be self-made with various boxes or cans. Any container that can be made light-tight is enough: from tea boxes to tomato cans, from shoe boxes to wooden ones.

Photo by lostlittlekid

An increasing number of people are showing interest in the exciting practice of pinhole photography. In 2001, 291 pinhole photographers from 24 countries took part in the WPPD and the web exhibition. Last year they were 3865 from 74 countries.

If you already own a pinhole camera:
  • Test your camera to make sure it is functioning.
  • Buy film, paper, or any other light-sensitive material ahead of time.
If you don't own a pinhole camera:
  • Build one
  • Test it to become familiar with exposure times
  • Process the film, paper, or other light-sensitive material and repeat until you feel comfortable with the camera and the procedures.
More information and the full program (constantly updated) can be found at

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