take 5 interview - The Pinhole Camera 23/04/10

Take 5 - interview

5 fragen von brian krummel, autor des buches The Pinhole Camera
zu meinem werdegang, meinen ideen und arbeiten

01 When did you first get interested in pinhole photography and how long have you been practicing this art form? List any creative influences that have shaped your own personal style.

My first real contact with pinhole photography was in 1996. I saw a small fascinating show in Seville, Spain, and was fortunate that the artist offered a weekend workshop. Immediatedly I was caught by the pinhole virus, and started creating pinholes of my own the very next day. Later, the Camera Obscura book by Thomas Bachler introduced me to the wide range of possibilities of pinhole photography, when combined with ideas and an open mind. In 2003 I participated in my first group exhibit in Berlin.

Over the last few years, I've traveled to festivals and collective shows all over Europe and had the chance to meet many interesting pinholers from around the world; typically a pleasant, patient kind of people.

02 Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?

For me, the most important aspect of pinhole photography is the ingredient of time. My pinhole images mostly include a sense of patience, the difference between solid parts and moving ones. My great passion is to turn time into something you can see, feel or understand. The issue of time exists in a great sense through all the steps of the process: from building the camera, preparing it in the darkroom, carrying these large items to spots of easy or complicated access, the minutes of exposure on photographic paper, discussions with security staff, and working in the darkroom work afterwards. Everything involves time and patience in this production procedure

Another characteristic of this artform that fascinates me is the possibility to manipulate and easily modify the camera, or to even first conceptualize a picture then afterwords build the camera to expose it. An enormous amount of creativity is involved, with only a small amount of technicality required. Perfection in the classical meaning of photography doesn't exist with pinhole photography, yet I'm fascinated even more. Finally, I love the results of pinhole photography. Showing us things our own eyes can not see...