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Pinhole Photography Workshop in SERDE

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inhole photography is a challenging and interesting area of photography. It forces even experienced photographers to think again about what photography is and what it means to them. The methods of pinhole photography are unusual and the equipment strange, but even for first-time pinhole photographers it can provide unexpected and beautiful results. Pinhole cameras are home made and so the process of photography involves not only taking photographs, but also the process of building the camera.

From 12th to the 14th April SERDE was holding a pinhole photography workshop led by Marcis Bendiks, one of Latvia’s most experienced photographers and a black and white master. The three-day workshop took participants through some of the theory relating to photography in general and to pinhole cameras specifically, as well as covering the practical side of building a pinhole camera. Participants designed and built their own cameras and developed the prints they take. Participants: Mārcis Bendiks, Raimo Lielbriedis, Imants Ķīkulis, Daniel Allen, Paulis Jakušonoks, Vineta Strauta, Margarita Ogolceva, Inese Austruma, Ieva Bleikša, Hanna Sjoberg, Miķelis Bendiks, Lāsma Pujāte, Sara Szabo, Inga Gailīte, Reinis Fjodorovs, Zanda Treija, Elīna Kisiele, Eva Saukāne, Armands Ausmanis, Viljams Timrots, Tija Ausmane.

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Participants (from left): Inese Austruma, Paulis Jakušonoks, Miķelis Bendiks, Eva Saukāne, Vineta Strauta, Ieva Bleikša, Margarita Ogolceva, Inga Gailīte, Raimo Lielbriedis, Lāsma Pujāte, Zanda Treija, Elīna Kisiele, Tija Ausmane, Armands Ausmanis, Hanna Sjoberg, Viljams Timrots, Daniel Allen, Sara Szabo, Signe Pucena, Mārcis Bendiks. Photo: Imants Ķīkulis, Texts: Daniel Allen

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Pinhole Photography Workshop / 2013

image 1: Marcis, ready for questions; image 2: Painting the insides of the cameras black (to reduce reflections)

image 1: A pinhole camera in the street ready to take a picture; image 2: Calculating exposure times

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Pinhole Photography Workshop / 2013

image 1: Developing a print in the darkroom; image 2: A negative image produced by one of the cameras, drying

image 1: A pause in the darkroom to wash equipment and replenish chemicals; image 2: Checking the final results

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ERDE’s Spring Pinhole Camera workshop was held on the 12th, 13th and 14th april 2013 with more then 20 participants from half a dozen European countries. The workshop was lead by Marcis Bendiks, one of Latvia’s leading photographers, and used SERDE’s photo-studio and darkroom for both the theoretical and practical side. The participants received a refresher lecture on the basics of photography, which led into further, deeper, discussion about the nature of light itself as it relates to pinhole photography. This information was then used by participants to help them design and build their pinhole cameras, which ranged in size from a matchbox to a box 1 metre square. All the required materials, boxes, black paint, copper foil, tape, knives, needles, etc., were provided by SERDE. Further challenges were the unseasonably dull weather, and low temperatures in the darkroom making the chemicals difficult to work with, although both problems were over-

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come by Marcis’ experience and knowledge. Participants were able to make more than one camera and to take numerous pinhole pictures over the 3 days, learning about their cameras and refining their techniques as they want. There was an unusually high success rate for a workshop dealing with this ‘experimental’ technique – something like 80% of the pictures came out well, and everyone came away with several good pictures. The choice of which pictures to include in the final exhibition was very difficult!

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Inga Gail朝te

Inese Austruma

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Daniel allen

Paulis jakušonoks

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armands ausmanis

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tija ausmane

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zanda treija

MIĶELIS BENDIKS

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El朝na kisiele

viljams timrots

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Pinhole Photography Workshop / 2013

Lト《ma pujト》e

Ieva bleikナ。a

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Vineta strauta

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Pinhole Photography Workshop / 2013

Margarita Ogolceva

Sara Szabo

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Hanna Sjoberg

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image 1: Hanna Sjoberg; image 2: Reinis Fjodorovs

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SERDE Pinhole Photography Workshop was supported by:

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Pinhole Photography Workshop in SERDE  

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