SA091 Pinhole Photography

  • 09 Apr 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Atelier Atlantis, 94250 Gentilly
  • 6


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Thursday, 9 April 2015
One-day workshop
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: € 80

Course Description

Discover the origins and the intrigue of traditional photography. Pinhole photography is a magical process that allows us to see the world around us in a completely new way.

Working with a metal coffee can and light sensitive photo paper, you’ll explore the entire process from making a camera, to making the first exposures, and finally creating the positive prints. You'll take a number of pictures, creating the original "negative", and then transform at least one of these into a finished positive photograph. A remarkably simple and yet powerful photographic process that students will be able to continue on their own after the class!

Students can expect to:

  • Transform a metal canister into a ready-to-use camera
  • Learn the process of taking a photograph: from camera to negative to print
  • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments

Course Requirements

  • Participants are asked to bring a round metal coffee or tea canister. The Illy brand coffee cans (found at Monoprix) or Franprix brand tea cans work the best.
  • Suitable for all levels of photographers 

About the Instructor

Michael McCarthy has won numerous prizes for his photography and has been exhibited in galleries and museums for over 20 years, in the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently represented by the Galerie Duboys in le Marais. His exhibition, Human Form, was selected Best Gallery Exhibition in 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by A new book of his photographs is scheduled for publication in early 2015 by Editions CDP (Paris).

Photo Credit: Michael McCarthy

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