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Livestream: MOPA In Focus, episode 3– Projections of Light: Camera Obscura and Pinhole Photography

April 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - April 10, 2020 @ 10:20 am

We’re embracing the need to innovate how people access MOPA’s art by turning the lens on us. MOPA is livestreaming weekly shows on a dependable schedule using Facebook Live.

Projections of Light: Camera Obscura and Pinhole Photography

Technology has changed our relationship to photography in profound ways, but much of the science behind even the most modern camera has been around for centuries. Early experiments using a camera obscura, Latin for “darkened room”, laid the foundation for the invention of photography. Indeed, we even kept half of the name: the camera. As the ways in which images are made continued to evolve, some artists still find inspiration in the medium’s humble origins and make photographs using large hand-built camera obscuras or their smaller counterpart: the pinhole camera.

Join us to explore a selection of works from MOPA’s permanent collection by artists who invite us all to set aside our latest dSLRs and smartphones for a look at photography in its most beautifully simple form.

Artists in focus:

  • Shi Guorui
  • Ruth Thorne-Thomsen
  • Abelardo Morell
  • Susan Burnstine
  • John Chiara

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Image credit: Shi Guorui, The Yangtze River 7-8 May 2013, 2013, camera obscura gelatin silver print, unique. Collection of Fondation INK, Geneva. Promised gift to Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Shi Guorui.

Event Details

Start:   April 10, 2020
Time:   10:00 am - 10:20 am
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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).

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