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Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

currently closed

Eranda Studio, 3rd Floor

 camera obscura

camera obscura

a view of Soho in the camera obscura

 

camera obscura

Looking through the lens and turret of the camera obscura © The Photographers' Gallery

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Please note: Our camera obscura is closed until 2 October so that we can bring to you this programme of music videos, curated by DAZED.

The Latin words camera obscura can be roughly translated as darkened room 
or chamber. A camera obscura is created when a small hole or aperture is made
 in a darkened space, producing an inverted image of the scene outside onto an opposite surface within.

This phenomenon has helped to prove that light travels in
 straight lines. A lens is used to increase 
the brightness and sharpness of the image. Camera obscura have been used as an aid to drawing and, particularly during the Victorian era, a popular form of entertainment.

There are many camera obscura located throughout the world including: Greenwich; Aberystwyth; Bristol; Edinburgh; and further afield in Eger, Hungary; Santa Monica, USA; Havana, Cuba; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Photographers’ Gallery’s camera obscura was developed in collaboration with Tony Willett and Dom Patteson from Amazing Camera Obscura.

Our custom made triplet lens was installed on 6 September 2012 and is now affording a 360 degree vertical 'slice' along Ramillies Street up to the sky and back again. 

The camera obscura takes advantage of when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. It's located on the third floor (Eranda Studio Floor) of The Photographers' Gallery. We open the camera obscura on brighter or longer days, when the Studio isn't in use for other activities.
 

 


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