Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day | April

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Date  |  April 29, 2018

Time  |  10AM – 4PM

Location |  Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214

Cost  |  $40 Non-Member    $36 Member

FAQ  | 

pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. (from Wikipedia).

It is completely dark on all the other sides of the box including the side where the point is created. This part is usually painted black, but black boxes are also used for this purpose. There is also a thin screen which looks like a projector sheet, and is put in between the dark side adjacent to the pinhole.

From the website: “Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was established to celebrate the joy of simple creativity using the medium of lensless photography. We want to show that, from a device as simple as a cardboard box with a tiny hole, you can create inspiring images.”

In celebration of WorldWide Pinhole Day (WPPD), CPAC presents a family-friendly pinhole event at Rocky Mountain College of Art Design’s campus in Lakewood. This is a camera-building, photo-taking, and print-developing event to celebrate and create one-of-a-kind images.

Join this hands-on workshop where all participants construct their own pinhole cameras, learn about historical techniques in pinhole photography, and practice creative exposures. Activities will include experiments with light that demonstrate ways to play with light, exposure and distortion. As a class, we’ll visualize compositions—agreeing on a narrative theme, setting a stage, and using pinhole tricks to create fun distortions.

Group activities will inspire participants to see and think about photography in a whole new way. Examples will explore various themes and photographic practices that artists have used with pinhole photography.

To conclude the workshop, participants will download and share their favorite images from the day. We’ll discuss images and what everyone learned in the process.

Pinhole photographs created during the day qualify for the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day online gallery at Students with successful prints may contribute digital files (or scanned images) to and associate it with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center event listing.

Participants also agree that photographs of the event may also be used on Ashlae’s website,, to promote the workshop day and its participants.

This workshop is appropriate for any level photographer and uses traditional processing chemicals; no experience is required. Wear an apron or shirt that can get wet. This is a family-friendly class, however for general safety, a parent must accompany children under 15 years old. Learn historical foundations for pinhole photography and join others in creating silver gelatin or digital prints with handmade pinhole cameras!