Inspiration, instructions and insights in less than an hour
The quick and easy way to learn how to build a pinhole camera!
Rated 9,56 – based on 42 votes
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- Format: Paperback, 44 pages, black & white, perfect bound
- ISBN: 978-91-633-4380-3
- Publisher: AlternativePhotography.com (2009)
- Printed in Poland
- Download the “Make a pinhole camera from a can” chapter of From pinhole to print free.
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Anthony Mournian from the Photographers’ Formulary reviews the pinhole guide, and, in the end, makes a few pinholes himself. Read the full review.
Review by Ray Spence from The Royal Photographic Society Journal. Read the full review.
About the book
From pinhole to print will guide you from drilling your first pinhole to printing your first pinhole photograph. It is an easy to read, step-by-step guide to making a pinhole camera and creating images. Today – when most cameras are brimming with digital functionality – many seek relief in the simplicity of a basic pinhole camera. Pinholing is a very pure form of photography. The pinhole camera that you will build is simple, but pinholing has few limitations.
Pinholing is a fantastic way to discover photography. Building the camera, loading the paper and taking a first picture gives the beginner an understanding of the basic skills used in photography. Developing your first print can be a thrilling experience.
The artists’ gallery will inspire you to experiment and see how you can take your pinholing further. Once you get started you may even become a dedicated pinhead!
Feedback from the experts:
“It is clearly written and simply illustrated, ideal for students and accomplished photographers alike… All in all, this in an excellent little manual for those just starting on the journey to a wonderfully creative medium.”
“This little book is a quick read and perfect for teaching the wonders of pinhole to any age from grade schoolers to college students and beyond. But don’t let the book’s size and length (44pp.) deceive you, because it is a complete “need to know” guide. It also includes 10 portfolio pages to spur creativity! The numerous drawings and photographs peppered throughout the text are charming and perfect for those who respond to visual learning. And it even incorporates some digital possibilities as well. It is an excellent resource for the photographic library as well as a good text for teaching the process.”
“This is a fine introduction to pinhole photography, with an informative brief history and helpful and clear instructions on building a pinhole camera. I recommend it to anyone interesting in exploring the wonderful world of pinhole photography.”
“The amazement of constructing a simple pinhole camera that could take wonderful pictures, plus the experience of watching the image appear in the darkroom are gifts we inherited and need to pass on. The Hole Thing by Jim Shull and The Pinhole Journal from The Pinhole Resource used to inspire so many students in Beginning Photography classes across the land. Sadly, both are no longer available. Hopefully From pinhole to print will do the same, at a time when picture-making increasingly seems so easy, so effortless and so predictable.”
“From pinhole to print is an excellent book. Short, succinct and yet filled with all the information that the beginning pinhole photographer needs to know to get started. Even experienced pinholers will learn and be delighted to see their craft communicated so skillfully. The book fills a much-needed market niche, and replaces the long-lost classic The Hole Thing. The Gallery of inspiration presents a wide range of technical and artist approaches that comprise the best of tiny aperture creativity.”
“From pinhole to print says it all. Simply and elegantly. In a booklet of less than fifty pages the authors have distilled the history and the process of pinhole photography. Written in clear, direct language, and illustrated with drawings, diagrams and photographs that speak volumes, From pinhole to print performs exactly as advertised. It inspires, instructs and gives insights into this ancient and always fascinating alternative process.
When I travel to Shanghai, China this summer I’ll be taking a copy to help me and my grandson make pinhole photographs of the Total Eclipse of the Sun. There is no more awesome celestial event, and no better way to observe and to photograph it than with pinhole photography.
If you are the least bit intrigued by pinhole photography, you’ll find this little book an indispensable aid to construction of your camera and the making of your print.”
“A well-designed, inviting introduction to pinhole photography. Contains some information that is new to me after decades of using and teaching pinhole photography. If I were learning pinhole photography I’d have this slender manual on my person at all times.”
“This pinhole book is clear, concise, and fun to read. The gallery shows how truly creative pinhole images can be. It makes me want to spend more time pinholing!”
“I have been waiting for a book like this for a long time. Short and snappy, factual and inspiring. It is a true resource for my students!”
“If you ever thought about starting pinholing, this is the book to help you getting started. And, the artist gallery is really great. Useful for experienced pinholers too!”
“Worth every little dime.”
“Very informative and helpful book.”
“The title says it all. An hour of reading but a lifetime of image making with pinhole camera photography.”
“I have taught pinhole workshops in the past. This will be a valuable teaching tool in the future, and I would recommend that my beginning pinhole students purchase a copy. This little book pretty much covers everything in an easy to understand format with lots of good illustrations, photos and charts. Any beginner, from grade school through adult, should get a lot out of it (also a quick reference for the rest of us!).”
From Tom Miller’s Sporadic Pinhole Newsletter:
“It is a quick intro and study to get the newbie up and pinholin’ in less than an hour… All three authors are experienced photographers, Malin Fabbri founded and still edits the AlternativePhotography.com website and Peter Wiklund is one of Sweden’s best-known pinholers. The authors had the acumen to put a quote from me on the book’s back cover – either that or they are great risk takers!”
About the authors
Gary Fabbri grew up in Rhode Island, USA. He moved to London after college to work as a writer/director. He has created award winning short films, television adverts and programs. Experimentation with visual media and alternative processes lead to writing Blueprint to cyanotypes and From pinhole to print. Gary now runs his own company, Shed9, in Stockholm.
Malin Fabbri moved from Sweden to London to study. She earned an MA in Design at Central St. Martin’s and is an expert in alternative photographic processes – a subject she has written two books about. She has worked professionally with big media names like Time magazine and CNBC Europe. In 1999 she started – and is the editor of AlternativePhotography.com.
Peter Wiklund started taking pinhole photographs in the early 1990s, after discovering the technique in The Pinhole Journal. He uses a variety of cameras and materials; film, paper and Polaroids. The last years he has exhibited his pictures frequently in galleries all over the world. Peter lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, writing, making photographs and holding pinhole workshops.