January 2010 :: Editor’s Notes

Well we are back. For real this time. My book is done and published and I have my life back which means photography focus. The first thing we have done is to tackle some technical housekeeping issues.
As part of our housekeeping efforts the last couple of months we worked our way through this list:

New content […]

Pinhole Is Pinhole: An Interview with William Christiansen

William Christiansen is a Wisconsin based pinhole photographer and machinist, producing high-end pinhole apparatus, add-ons, and custom designs for clients around the world. He shares his intriguing history, along with his perspectives on the art and craft of pinhole photography.

Capturing Emotion in the American West :: Laura Campbell: Featured Artist

Featured artist, Laura Campbell, talks about her pinhole work in the American southwest.

May 2009, Editor's Notes

After many months we are back!
In the last 10 months, I quit a job and started a new company. Additionally, I have been writing a book for O’Reilly Media, Designing Social Interfaces, and this has consumed every free moment of my evenings and weekends over the last 8 months. This means that my photography and […]

July 23, 2008 Editor's Notes

This issue marks a year of bringing Without Lenses to you. Over the last year, I have talked to so many wonderful and interesting photographers. The personal stories and work provide inspiration and ideas for me and I hope for you, dear readers, as well. I am eager to bring more of your work to […]

Turning the World on its Head :: Sheila Bocchine takes on wedding photography — lensless style

Sheila Bocchine approaches her pinhole work with amazing enthusiasm and joy and has turned the staid genre of wedding photography on its head by offering her clients one of a kind, expressive pinhole records of their special day.

California Impressions

Erin Malone’s marsh landscapes, done with zoneplate and pinhole, are featured in a short piece on KQED Quest.

Camera Roundup

Brief conversations with three pinhole camera makers.

March 17, 2008 :: Editor's Notes

Notes on what’s in Issue #4 and a brief wrapup of the f295 Seminar which took place in New York in January 2008.

Drill Your Own Precision Pinhole Apertures

Precision pinhole
Matching an appropriately sized pinhole to a particular camera’s focal distance will yield the best, “sharpest” image. This tutorial shows how to easily make your own pinholes that are fairly accurate in size and shape.

Capturing Beauty in Japan :: Noriko Ohba :: Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Noriko Ohba
A brief look at the work of Japanese artist Noriko Ohba.

November 30, 2007 :: Letter from the Editor

It’s been a busy fall full of making images, prepping quite a bit of work for several juried shows—most of the work pinhole—and hanging my first solo show. It’s small and in a cafe, but it’s mine alone and it took quite a bit of work printing and framing the images. In between being obsessed […]

Wet Contact Printing Paper Negatives

Wet contact printing
Jan Kapoor shares her process for making image positives from wet contact negatives. This simple, straight-forward process is something anyone with a dark room and a safe light can do. No enlarger needed.

Building Confidence: Pinhole Workshops with The New Orleans Kid Camera Project

Benjamin Wooten talks about his experience with the New Orleans Kid Camera Project where the kids not only made pinhole images, but created their own cameras and painted them. The images are wonderful and the story is a testament to the power that children have to find joy even in the worst of situations.

A Pinhole Diary of Eating Out

Nancy Breslin, takes her pinhole camera everywhere and brings it out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Over the last several years she has dined, documented and created over 600 images. Starting in the fall of 2002, she took the images online in 2003. Without Lenses asked Nancy to elaborate on how she started this project and where she is going from here.

Using Theatrical Lighting Gels to Filter and Color Correct Polaroid Films

Erin Malone looks at using inexpensive theatrical lighting gels rather than traditional photographic filters to create custom size fillters for use with Polaroid films in the pinhole and zoneplate process.

Magic on the Playa :: A Look Inside the Pinhole Camp

Each summer in late August, August 27 through September 3, 2007 this year, thousands of people travel to the remote and barren Black Rock desert of Nevada for the art festival Burning Man. Home for a week to artists, and revelers, it is also home to the Pinhole Camp.

Imagined Spaces :: Inside the Constructed World of Lou Krueger

A look behind the vision and work of Lou Krueger. Fascinated by his work and the combination of intricate dioramas he constructs and the custom cameras he makes to take the images, WL talked to Lou this summer and he peels back some of the mystery by sharing his processes and taking us behind the scenes of these fascinating constructions.

How to Build a 4×5" Pinhole Camera

4x5 Pinhole camera
Take that first step to making pinhole images! Earl Johnson guides us through step-by-step instructions to make the simplest, easy to use, pinhole camera from black foam-core board and tape.

August 2007 :: Editor's Notes

Welcome to Issue #2 of Without Lenses. This issue brings a host of new articles and community features. Check it out!

Visiting with Craig J. Barber

Craig J. Barber is a photographer who travels and works exclusively with the pinhole format and focuses on the cultural landscape. Without Lenses and Craig chat about his work and his new book, Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited.

Spreading the Pinhole Love :: Behind the Scenes with Tom Persinger of f295

On the eve of the first f295 Symposium, WL speaks with Tom Persinger, about his role as an evangelist in the Pinhole community and thoughts about his own work as a photographer.

Catching Light :: Making Cameras with Artist Jo Babcock

Joseph Babcock shares his thoughts about his work, his influences and ideas about what makes him tick as a creator of cameras and their corresponding images.

April 29, 2007 :: Letter from the Editor

Welcome to Issue#1 of Without Lenses
Devoted to covering the art and craft of lensless photography, I have started Without Lenses to feature photographers and contributors who want to push the limits of lensless work, share new and alternative ideas, teach others about new camera making techniques and to expose the work of unknown as well […]