Open Eye: Pinhole Photography Workshop with Sean Halligan

    c. Sean Halligan
    Location (with MAP): Open Eye Gallery
    Date/Time: 16 May 2016. 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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    Monday 16 May 2016, 13.00 – 17.00
    £15 (£12.50 Concession)

    Pinhole photography is one of the oldest and most direct methods of capturing an image from nature.

    A pinhole camera, also known as camera obscura, or “dark chamber”, is a simple optical imaging device in the form of a lightproof box or chamber. In one of its sides is a small hole; an aperture, which is usually fashioned with a fine sewing needle in a square of thin alluminium or foil.

    When unobstructed, the pinhole allows light to enter and project an inverted image of the outside space onto light sensitive material installed inside the box (camera). The controlled exposure of the photographic paper creates a ‘latent image’ of the subject, which can later be developed by inspection in darkroom conditions (under a red safelight) to reveal the captured scene in negative.

    Due to its versatility, enthusiasts of the medium have created pinhole cameras from cans, teapots and even pumpkins!

    One of the forms most intrepid explorers, Liverpool based Sean Halligan, will talk through pinhole photography before teaching you how to capture your own pinhole photographs.

    Pinhole cameras loaded with light sensitive paper will be provided. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own paper negatives in our traditional black and white darkroom and create ‘contact prints’ to produce a positive image.


    1pm – 1:15pm
    Welcome and introduction

    1.15pm – 2:15pm
    Image Making

    2.15pm – 3:15pm
    Developing exposures

    3:15pm – 3:30pm
    Short break

    3:30pm – 3:45pm
    Drying Paper Negatives

    3:45pm – 4:45pm
    Contact Printing Negatives

    4:45pm – 5pm
    Review and Feedback


    £15 full price
    £12.50 concession
    Places are limited to 8 participants.
    Booking is essential, please call +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email to secure your place.