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Through My Lens, episode 6– The Art of Silhouettes

May 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - May 1, 2020 @ 1:30 pm

We’re embracing the need to innovate how people access MOPA’s art by turning the lens on us.

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The Art of Silhouettes

During a time before cameras were in common use, people went to have their silhouettes made. These were done by special artists carefully cutting detailed renderings of the subjects features in profile. Even without the facial details we are used to seeing in photographic portraits, each of these silhouettes was as unique as the person sitting for them. Using your window, a smartphone or tablet, and some tips for proper exposure, we can create beautiful silhoutettes that celebrate the simple beauty in our shapes and lines!

You will need:

  • A device to take pictures (Camera, smart phone, or tablet)
  • A window with good light
  • A subject to photograph (yourself, another person, an object with an interesting or recognizable shape)

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Event Details

Start:   May 1, 2020
Time:   1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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MOPA is now MOPA@SDMA!Learn More


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!