The World of Camera Obscura

The World of Camera Obscura

Marian Roth
Week 10: August 12 to August 17
ORIENTATION: August 12, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 13-17, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Photography
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

Pinhole photography (or camera obscura) is a way to create photographic images without a sharpening lens, linear focal plane, or factory set apertures and shutter speeds.  The results are often dreamy and mysterious, both softer and more personal than images created in mechanical or digital cameras.  This weeklong class will cover all aspects of pinhole photography from camera construction to production of pinhole images.  Participants need know nothing about photography to appreciate the power of camera obscura imagery to widen one’s visual vocabulary. 

As part of your materials fee, you will be given ten sheets of photo paper for making prints. Additional sheets may be purchased from the Work Center for $1 per sheet.


Marian Roth has been working with camera obscura imagery for thirty years.  She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and most recently a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, which is rarely granted in photography. Marian maintains a studio in Provincetown, where she has lived since 1982. In 2017, she had career retrospective exhibition at Provincetown Art Association & Museum.