OBSCURA - 121 views: a community book on modern pinhole photography

A tribute to the inventors of photography! Help the magic come back to life and get your own copy of the book on pinhole photography or a unique piece of art.
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Larissa Honsek
Photography
Berlin
Germany
4 Team Members

ABOUT OBSCURA

OBSCURA is not just a photo book with pretty pictures. It's a community project on modern pinhole photography, a love letter to pinhole photography, a tribute to the inventors of the Camera Obscura, and to all the artists experimenting with this unique and ancient analogue technique.

And there are loads of pinholers out there! The web is buzzing with ingenious pinhole creativity. But shouldn’t analogue photos also get a chance to live outside the web? Be bound in a real book, on real paper, with real smell and real feel?

We definitely think so. So we asked the entire international photo com­munity working with lenseless photography to submit their work to be featured in a real book. The results were amazing: we have received over 3.000 photos!

 

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ABOUT THE CONCEPT

OBSCURA assembles many different points of view, interpretations, associations and a multitude of artists and their ideas.

 

OBSCURA has 11 chapters:

1 THE MONSTROUS  /  2 THE HUMAN  / 3 THE TEMPTING  /  4 THE NEBULOUS  /

5 THE ENERGETIC  /  6 THE RIGOROUS  /  7 THE SERENE  /  8 THE EERIE  / 

9 THE ETERNAL  /   10 THE CHAOTIC  /   11 THE FRACTURED

 

Each chapter is interpreted by 11 photographs, a poem, and a photo of “sculpted light”.

These final 121 photographs were selected by an international panel of judges, including: German film actress and singer Nora Tschirner, renowned pinhole photographer and author of the book „Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide“ Chris Keeney,  international coordinator of the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Tom Miller, photography lecturer Ulla Kelm, Instagrammer Jörg Nicht (“JN” on Instragram) and Designer / Design Professor Jussi Ängeslevä.

OBSCURA – 121 views is a bilingual (GER / EN) hardcover publication in the format 28x28 cm. With your help, OBSCURA will be published in Fall 2013.

 

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ABOUT PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY AND OUR IDEA

The pinhole camera shows the unseen.

At a time when almost every detail of photography is controllable and repeatable, when taking photos is a fast-paced process, when our own views are being restricted by the flood of digital imagery – the pinhole camera represents an alternative. Lenseless photography is always subject to chance, the uncont­rollable combination of material, light, time, perspective and dynamics.

Pinhole photographs offer an unusual, absorbing and at times unsettling aesthetic experience. Pictures that are less documentation but leave room for subjective points of view. Pictures that stretch time instead of capturing a short moment. Pictures that teach us to recalibrate our own view on our reality. And OBSCURA tells these stories with its 121 views.

 

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(c) Scott Speck (integrity_of_light ) 

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 (c) Larissa Honsek (Novemberkind)

 

And these are our final confirmed photographers which will be in OBSCURA – 121 views:

Artūras Meškauskas // Bart Parmentier // Jesús Joglar // Roberto Messina photography // Andrea Buttarello (buttha) // Jose Manuel Madrona Navarro // Anna Mika  // Lucas Kastelijn  // welovethesky // Jozef Pajersky  // Jeff Roques // Milo Montelli // Bonnie Sevil & Stephen Blanch // Trond Kjetil Holst // Benjamin Monnerot-Dumaine // Larissa Honsek (Novemberkind) // Kira Sheker // Scott Speck (integrity_of_light ) // Deanna Witman // Tomasz Przewrocki // James Cathcart // Matt Pringle  // Daniel Polidori  // Déborah KEMPCZYNSKI // The Old Penfold // Markus Kaesler // Fabrice Abraham // Fabien Cayere // James Guerin // Konstantin Murashev // Dario Matić // Renko Recke // Lena Källberg // Hans Warnitz // Darius Kuzmickas // Nikø Mahé. // johann schlager  // Zygimantas Panda  // Zeb Andrews // Matt Toynbee Photography // Jeff Soderquist // Darius Batulevicius //  Simon Howlett  // Garotom  // Kristo  // Brigitte Chaix // boomtown525  // anthony salazar // Ryan Sandison // Glenda Moor // Wouter Van den Berge // J. M. Golding // Hans Bally // hrvoje spudic // Malcolm Gamble (Gamble Brothers) // Yasushi MIURA // Nhung Dang // Sheila Bocchine // Martijn Witlox // Takahiro Chiba // Adam Clutterbuck  // ajotce // Spiffy Tumbleweed // Alexey Korotkov // Stephan Pless // Matt Toynbee // Herschel Pollard // Ross Togashi // Belinda Wallace // Tim Wolfgarten // Anol Bhattacharya // Danielle Hughson // Konstantine Borovski // kyla ♥ may // Blake Herman // Anne-Sophie Annese // Bruce Couch // Aiting Wang // Etienne Gröpl // James Cooper // Jacques Prud'homme // Polly Balitro // Jos van Roij * Slowimages // Mr. Xarts // Nick Dvoracek // Succubus™ // анна асеева // David Semke // Hupján Attila  // Alejandra Arregger // Frank Machalowski // Chris Wright

More to come soon when all selected photographers gave their final commitment. 

 

A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE LAYOUT

Great pictures need a sturdy frame: we put a lot of effort into designing a book that lets each pinhole shine. We hope you'll like it!

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WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR SUPPORT

We’ve been working on “OBSCURA – 121 views” for about two years, but for the final stage – the actual printing – we need your support. Please help us finish writing our “love letter” and consider supporting us by purchasing one of the goodies described in the right column and below.

The best part: OBSCURA won’t be finished with the publication of this book. With your help, all the remaining submissions that didn’t make it into the book can be published in the form of an online magazine.

And please remember:Everybody can be a part of OBSCURA – whether pro or rookie – but we need YOU to get such beautiful things to live!

 

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To find out more about these "light sculptures", check out a little background info on them here: 01, 02, 03, 04

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In case you'd like to change the motif of the print in your package, please send us an e-mail with your full name, the title of your package and the number of the image chosen from the 4 photos above: hello@obscura-book.com.

(To know who you are, the name in your e-mail and on Indiegogo must be the same!)

 

For more information, or regular updates, please check our:

Website: www.obscura-book.com

Blog: obscura-book.tumblr.com

Facebook Page: facebook.com/obscura.buch

 

A BIG "THANK YOU" TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS

And a big thank you to our supporters: Mario Gorniok for your help with the video animations and Tillmann Staffen for the film footage, Markus Wittke for sound and Anne Khan for the music with the loop of her song „Ghosts“.

 

WANT TO BE A SUPPORTER?

Each one of the "perks" on the top right helps us get a great deal closer to getting the book out! But even if you don't have any money, you can still help out a LOT - by spreading the word and sharing this crowdfunding page with your friends, your school/work or on your blogs. If you'd like to write more about our project and have questions, check out the press section on our website or simply drop us a line! hello@obscura-book.com

 

 

 

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    Every little bit helps – you are now part of OBSCURA! You’ll receive 3 of our „Light Sculptures“ from a special funding edition, printed in size 13x13 cm on quality photo paper. +++ You’ll be featured as a supporter in the book! // Includes international shipping costs!

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    Thank you! You’ll receive one „Light Sculpture“ print from our special numbered crowdfunding edition, printed in size 20x20 cm on 5mm foam board ("Forex"). +++ You’ll be featured as one of our supporters in the book! (Printed image can be changed. Please follow the instructions below.*) // Includes international shipping costs!

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    Awesome! You'll receive your signed early-bird copy of the book, including a personal “thank you”. +++ Your name will be on the supporters’ list in the book – and in our hearts, because you really helped us to make this book come true! // Includes international shipping costs!

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    Wonderful! You'll receive your signed early-bird copy of the book including a personal “thank you”. +++ One Medium Light Sculpture Print from our special numbered crowdfunding edition, printed in size 20x20 cm on 5mm foam board ("Forex"). +++ Your name, featured in the book! (Printed image can be changed. Please follow the instructions below.*) // Includes international shipping costs!

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    Wow, you’re serious about helping out! For your great support you'll receive: A signed early-bird copy of the book +++ One Large Light Sculpture Print from a limited, numbered edition of 50 pieces, printed on pro quality aluminum composite board ("Alu Dibond"), in size 28x28cm. +++ Your name, featured as supporter in the book! (Printed image can be changed. Please follow the instructions below.*) // Includes shipping costs within the EU. For other destinations, contact us for details!

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    Whohoo! You’re awesome! So you’ll get something awesome in return: A signed early-bird copy of the book +++ One XL Light Sculpture Print from a limited, numbered edition of 20 pieces, printed on pro quality aluminum composite board ("Alu Dibond"), in size 70x70cm. +++ Your name, featured as a supporter in the book! (Printed image can be changed. Please follow the instructions below.*) // Includes shipping costs within the EU! For other destinations, please contact us for details!

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    Woot woot! You’re a BIG supporter, and you’ll get a BIG thank you: A signed early-bird copy of the book. +++ One XXL Light Sculpture Print from a limited, numbered edition of 20 pieces, printed on pro quality aluminum composite board ("Alu Dibond"), in size 90x90 cm. +++ Your name, featured as a supporter in the book! (Printed image can be changed. Please follow the instructions below.*) // Includes shipping costs within the EU! For other destinations, please contact us for details!

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    You are … unbelievable! And we'll get to know you soon – because you'll get to come to your very personal Pinhole-Shooting with “Novemberkind” in Berlin. You'll receive the best picture of your session as a print on pro quality aluminum composite board, in size 70x70cm. +++ Of course: your signed, early-bird copy of the book (incl. your name on the supporters’ list and a personal thank you). Thank you so much!

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