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Light and Time Workshop

April 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - April 6, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Exploring Parallels Between Solar and Photography

The two basic ingredients of photography are light and time, and for much of history the light used to make a photograph came from the most common natural source we know: the sun. The process is similar to the reaction that occurs inside a solar cell, as UV light reacts to create a charge which is stored to be used as energy. To mark the equinox where the days begin to get longer, join us in this demo at MOPA where we’ll step back in time and explore parallels between solar technology and the origins of photography, using basic chemistry, water, and the sun.

DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2019
TIME: 10 AM – 11:30 AM
COST: Free
PLACE: Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
in Balboa Park across from the lily pond


  • Learn about the sun’s role in photography and explore parallels between solar panels and photosensitive materials
  • Witness a photo-sensitive reaction occur in real-time. Create a one-of-a-kind photogram (cyanotype) image to keep during a hands-on portion of the workshop
  • Learn from Sullivan Solar Power certified energy professionals on changes in solar policy, products and applications for 2019

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Event Details

Start:   April 6, 2019
Time:   10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Welcome to the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art!

As of July 1, 2023, the Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art have merged to become one unified institution. The Museum of Photographic Arts is now the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA@SDMA).

MOPA@SDMA remains a pay-what-you wish museum open Thursdays through Sundays 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you soon!