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Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography
from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm
The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present CAMERA OBSCURA: Pinhole Photography from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth. Camera obscura (Latin for "dark chamber") is the natural phenomenon of light piercing a small hole and falling on a darkened screen, creating an upside-down and backwards image of whatever scene that hole faces. Recorded by ancient Chinese and the ancient Greeks, the phenomenon is often considered only a historical footnote in the journey to the complexity and riches of modern photography. These two artists, however, continue to explore camera obscure, creating photographs that have the ethereal and painterly quality of something handmade, rather than the machine-made sharpness of realism we associate with modern photography. Building their own 'pinhole cameras,' the artists show the enduring magic of capturing light with nothing more than photosensitive paper, a pinprick, and a dark chamber.