NORTH ADAMS -- Pinhole cameras are not new inventions. Chinese writings of the fifth century BC and Aristotle’s fourth century BC writings refer to pinhole images. In the 16th century astronomers used pinhole Cameras to study solar eclipses.
In the 1890s pinhole cameras became widely available to the general public in the United States, Europe and Japan. Over time, as realism and technology entered the art world, the pinhole cameras practically disappeared. However, beginning in the late 1960s several artists began to experiment with pinhole techniques.
Basically, a pinhole camera is a small-hole lensless camera. Light from the subject passes through the hole and projects an inverted image in the camera which is captured on photographic paper and film. Pinhole cameras can be crude constructions or scientific instruments. Today, artists and scientists are interested in pinhole cameras alike.
Join the Brill Gallery as it welcomes pinhole photographers Dan McCormack and North Adams’ Bill Guild, on Saturday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Studio 109 Eclipse Mill, 243 Union St. There will be an artists’ talk at 7 p.m.
McCormack studied photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design where he studied with the likes of Aaron Siskind, Wynn Bullock, Joe Jachna and Arthur Siegel.
McCormack received his MFA in Photography from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago where he studied with Ken Josephson and Barbara Crane.
At the age of 8, Guild received a Brownie Camera from his father.
From that point on, a camera was never far away. He was challenged by the images he could capture. Guild went on to receive his BS degree from Brooklyn College and from there he went on to Dental School at Tufts University in Boston. Guild is based in North Adams.
For those interested in learning about photographing a nude model from a master, you should try to sign up for this limited opportunity, Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The workshop meets at the Eclipse Gallery in the Eclipse Mill.
There is a $125 fee, which includes model fee. The workshop is limited to six participants.
For questions about the exhibit or opening, or to register for the workshop: 413-664-4353.