Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography


Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography
April 27, 2014 through March 29, 2015

New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-5200
Sunday, April 27, 1–4 pm: Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, exhibit opens in the Herzstein Gallery at the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

If you are in Santa Fe, please visit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, an exhibition of over 200 pinhole photographs from the Pinhole Resource, a magnificent collection of 6000+ pinhole images put together by Eric Renner & Nancy Spencer, pinhole photographers extraordinaire!  They have recently donated the collection to the New Mexico History Museum. Some of my pinhole work is included in the collection and several images will be on view in the exhibition.

Opening events for Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography: Sunday, April 27, 1–4 pm.

Guest curators Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer speak in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium at 1 pm on “Passion, Light and Pinhole Photography.” A book signing follows in the lobby, along with refreshments, 2–4 pm.

Be among the first to see the stunning images and enjoy a lecture by guest curators Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner, “Passion, Light and Pinhole Photography,” at 1 pm in the History Museum auditorium. Reception 2–4 pm, along with a book signing for Poetics of Light: Contemporary Pinhole Photography (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2014). As an extra treat, the Palace Press will release its latest letterpress broadside, Jane Always Dreaded Flying Home, featuring a digitally printed pinhole photo by Gregg Kemp and the poem it inspired by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis. April 27 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and you can watch as images are added to www.pinholeday.com.

In an age when every cell phone can take a respectable picture, cameras as low-tech as an oatmeal box still beguile a legion of practitioners, both artistic and documentarian. With roots in the ancient discovery of the camera obscura, pinhole photography has enchanted artists from the 1880s through today. Opening April 27 (through March 29, 2015), Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, in the Herzstein Gallery of the New Mexico History Museum, explores a historical art form that exemplifies thoroughly contemporary ideals: Do-it-yourself handmade technology with a dash of steampunk style.

Nearly 225 photographs and 40 cameras show how a light-tight box pierced by a hole and holding a piece of old-school film can reveal alternate versions of reality. At heart, photography is a method of capturing the way that light plays upon objects, the seen and the unseen—a visual form of poetry that extends beyond a literal representation whenever pinhole cameras are involved.


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