World Pinhole Photography Day

A pinhole camera is a simple device that doesn’t have a lens like a modern camera. Instead, it has a small aperture that’s in a light-proof box. The light from a scene will pass through the aperture and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. This effect is known as the camera obscura effect.

Pinhole cameras are some of the first cameras to ever be created, and they’re so iconic that people to this day still experiment with them. Pinhole cameras are even celebrated with their own holiday—a holiday that’s known as World Pinhole Photography Day and is celebrated on the last Sunday in April every year.

The History Of World Pinhole Photography Day

It’s believed that World Pinhole Photography Day goes back to April of 2001. Unfortunately, no one knows why it was placed on this holiday or who even invented this holiday. We’ll continue to search for the origins of this holiday, but until we do, everyone is going to have to be content with what we do know about it. Someone out there invented this holiday and we would sincerely like to know who that person was.

Observing World Pinhole Photography Day

World Pinhole Photography Day can be observed simply by a person taking the time to make their own pinhole camera or joining some of the pinhole photography groups that exist in the world. People can also take the time to enjoy the photography of artists who specialize in pinhole photography.

Artists such as Nuala Mahon, Walter Crump, Chelin Miller, and Sylvia Sampson. Photographs taken using pinhole cameras can also be posted online using the hashtag #WorldPinholePhotographyDay. Let’s all see the masterpieces that can be made using these simple cameras.

Where is World Pinhole Photography Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.
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