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My photographs

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More current work can be found on my Flickr page.

Resources about pinhole photography

The Populist, a camera everyone can make (pdf, 1.8MB, 12 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches)
Ilustrated step-by-step directions for making a reliable pinhole camera out of readily available, mostly recycled materials which uses normal 35mm film and processing.
If you build and take pictures with The Populist, I've created a Flickr group for you to share the photos.
Pierre-Olivier Boulant has posted a French translation (Traduction française).
I've made several variations on the Populist. You'll have to be familiar with the above directions for them to make sense.

120 Populist. - A pattern for a version that takes 120 film with 6x9 cm format and a few pages from a post on f295 where I describe how I did it.
Stereo Populist - a few pages from a post on f295 where I describe how I modified the original pattern to make a stereo version.
Panoramic Populist. - a few pages from a post on f295 where I describe how I modified the original pattern to make a camera with a 24 x 96mm film format..

Pinholiness, an alternative approach to photography. (A narrated slide show in Flash format.) I was asked by a colleague to give a talk on pinhole photography to the Oshkosh Southwest Noon Rotary. This is a live recording of the presentation. (32 minutes)

The Pinhole of Nature (.pdf - 1.8MB) Modeled after William Henry Fox Talbot's great work The Pencil of Nature, it's my take on the famous questions "Why pinhole?," What pinhole?," and "What-me-pinhole?." I wrote this piece in order to have something to talk about when I was asked to make a presentation at the Minnesota Center for Photography's Annual Pinhole Photography forum in 2003.
Acrobat Reader 4.0 or better is required to read this file.
You can download Acrobat Reader free from Adobe.
The Pinhole of Nature is designed as a book.If you'd like to buy a printed copy, it's available for $9.74 at
For those who missed the presentation, check out this photo by Tom Miller in which the entire presentation was recorded.

Historical articles on pinhole photography Here are some articles on pinhole photography from the late 19th and early 20th century and some other historical references.

A guide for teachers (pdf - 1MB) An Adobe Acrobat file of a book I did in 1991 under an Eisenhower grant to use pinhole photography to teach aspects of physical science. The rest of the project didn't work out so well, but the book covers a lot of how pinhole photography works and how to do it. (51 pages) Acrobat Reader 4.0 or better is required to read this file. You can download it free from Adobe.

How to build a pinhole camera. (pdf -108k) An Adobe Acrobat file. An updated version of the directions in the book. The resulting camera looks like the picture above.

Many people have trouble visualizing a positive image from looking at a negative.
Here is a technique for using a camcorder to get an instant positive preview

A tripod sure makes it easier to point your camera. A platform to attach the camera to a tripod is easy to make.

For more information on Pinhole photography visit the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day web site

For an interactive discussion forum about Pinhole Photography visit Tom Persinger's site:F/295

The handouts are in Adobe Acrobat format. You will need to download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to read them.You can download it free from Adobe.

Workshop photographs

Elementary School children
I have taught a summer workshop for 4th through 7th graders. I created web sites for the 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006 sessions with examples of their work.

Elementary Education Majors
In November 2004 I did a workshop in Art 203 - Concepts and Creations, a university art education class for students preparing to teach in elementary schools.