We offer bespoke pinhole-photography workshops that give participants a unique opportunity to learn and understand the key principles of image-making using traditional chemical-based processes. We provide all the materials to make the pinhole cameras from upcycled materials, the chemistry to develop the images, and a special pop-up photographic darkroom. Participants will have an extraordinary experience in the darkroom, seeing the alchemy of the developing trays as their very own photo emerges; introducing them to something new, giving them an opportunity to share their personal experiences through a creative outlet, and leaving them thoroughly inspired.
Option 1: Pinhole camera workshop. We will construct pinhole cameras from upcycled materials, guide the participants through the process of taking their photo, and then develop the images in the darkroom. The workshop duration is between 2 and 3 hours and is adaptable to your timings. 2 separate sessions can be delivered in a day to engage twice as many participants; for example 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Example here.
Option 2: Drop-in pinhole camera workshop. This is a great option for festivals, community events and any other extravaganzas. We will bring a box of pre-loaded pinhole cameras and participants will take their own photo and experience the developing process in the darkroom. The timing is adaptable to your schedule. Example here.
Option 3: Micro workshop also great for night time & office events. Using a tabletop darkroom, this option is good for limited space and can be combined with option 1 or 2. We also offer a night time workshop format using the mini darkroom and studio lights. Please share your ideas and we will create something special, specific to your needs. Example here.
Option 4: With our partner Barge Fiodra we are able to offer a range of activities on and off Barge Fiodra. Please reach out to us to discuss a visit or project. Example here.
How many people can participate?
10 is the magic number for a single session workshop. Therefore, over 2 sessions 20 people can participate in a day. We can discuss accommodating larger groups but please note that this will require extra facilitators, materials and space. We ask that 1 member of your staff can be present during the workshop, to assist if required.
How much does the workshop cost?
Please get in touch with us by email for a quote.
The workshop cost will cover: pre-production of material, delivery of the workshop, post-production and sharing of content online, specialist materials and transport.
If you are applying for funding and want to include us in your bid we would be very happy to discuss this.
What do we require?
We require 1.5hrs in the space before the start time to set up, and 1hr to pack away after the workshop.
Space to set up the pop-up darkroom; 2m x 2m with sufficient passable space.
Tables and chairs for the participants.
Access to a sink to rinse the photographic prints.
An outdoor area for taking the pinhole photos.
A projector to share our presentation and videos (optional).
The knowledge and skills acquired by students will potentially bolster development for GCSE and Art and/or Photography A-Level coursework. Alternatively, the workshop is an opportunity for KS2/3 to create and experience something truly special, and likely completely new for them. The workshop takes between 2 and 3 hours and is adaptable to the timings of the school day. 2 separate sessions can be offered in a day where the group size does not exceed 10 students, unless otherwise agreed.
Ben Nathan is a practising artist and the founder of Pinhole London. He has been working in community arts for 18 years and is a fully qualified teacher with PGCE Art and Design Education and Enhanced DBS, and previous experience in a full time secondary teaching position. He has a strong understanding of the learning needs of both adults and young people, using various approaches to truly maximise progress and engagement. Recent projects have all involved working collaboratively with collectives, project spaces and local residents, providing a means for an inclusive creative experience.
A budget, terms of reference, and payment conditions document can be provided on request. N.B. This will automatically be sent once a booking has been confirmed.
Links and References
A pinhole camera is the most basic form of camera possible & uses photographic paper. The light-tight container is loaded with the light-sensitive paper & the pinhole is covered with tape. When the tape is removed, light passes through the pinhole and projects onto the paper, creating a photographic exposure.