(Courtesy of Lazar Lekovic)

Before the age of smartphone “selfies,” drone cameras, and the instant gratification of Instagram, there was there was the pinhole camera.

Pinhole photographers from around the world celebrated World Wide Pinhole Photography Day on Sunday by showing us the beauty in the photography’s most basic form.

With origins tracing back 2,500 years, Pinhole cameras can vary from a homemade tin can to a digital camera with a hole drilled in the body cap. All pinhole cameras share the same basic mechanics: a light-tight box that uses a small hole for a lens. Photographer Justin Quinnell, who uses the pinhole process in his work, told The Post last year:

“Pinhole seems to be finding a new following in people who want to discover the world rather than pay for instant answers.”


Pinhole cameras used for Worldwide Pinhole Day 2014. (Photos courtesy of Mauricio Waisman and Lazar Lekovic)

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in April. Pinhole photographers from around the world upload their images to the event organizers’ online gallery. What started in 2001 has grown to more than 3,000 submissions from over 70 countries in each year. Here’s a selection from Sunday’s celebration:


PHOTOGRAPHER: Ugo Marinelli
TITLE: “Along the river”
LOCATION: Ancona, Italy
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a homemade 4″x5″ camera using a Polaroid back with Polaroid 54 film.
(Courtesy of Ugo Marinelli)

PHOTOGRAPHER:Mauricio Waisman
TITLE: “EN EL LIMBO” ( “In Limbo”)
LOCATION: Mendoza, Argentina
CAMERA/PROCESS: The shot was taken in my Home/Studio with a FONTANACINE “Estrella Polar” F/256 Pinhole Camera using a FUJI FP-100c Film. (Courtesy of Mauricio Waisman)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lazar Lekovic
LOCATION: Belgrade, Serbia.
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a home-made pinhole camera made out of a cardboard box with nine pinholes on 8x 10 inches photo paper negative (Courtesy of Lazar Lekovic)

PHOTOGRAPHER:Ilona Friederici
LOCATION:Duesseldorf, Germany
TITLE: “trainspotting”
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a modified Agfa Clack 6×9 film camera, exposed for 10 seconds on Fomapan 200 film. (Courtesy of Ilona Friederici)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Dave Levingston.
LOCATION: I-65 north of Indianapolis
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with Panasonic G5 Micro 4/3 digital camera with a Pinwide pinhole body cap. (Courtesy of Dave Levingston)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Siim Vahur
LOCATION:Tallinn, Estonia.
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a Polaroid pinhole made from Polaroid Studio Express instant peel apart film back with Fuji FP-100C instant film.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cromwell Schubarth
LOCATION: San Jose
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with an instant pinhole camera kit made by Polaroid using Fuji FP100C. The image exposure took roughly seven minutes. The rough border around the photo comes from my preferred method of peeling my instant photos backwards, leaving the black frame and some of the developer “goop” around the image. (Courtesy of Cromwell Schubarth)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Bob Merco
TITLE: “The Red Door”
LOCATION: Commerce City, Colo.
CAMERA/ PROCESS: Taken with a Crown Graphic 4×5 camera modified for pinhole with an instant film back. The film was Fuji FP100C45. (Courtesy of Bob Merco)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristy Hom
LOCATION:Brown Canyon Ranch, Southeastern Arizona.
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a 23x16x13-inch cardboard shipping box, with film dimensions 21inches x10 inches. The film is six 5×7 pieces of photographic paper put together across the film plane. The pinhole is made by a hobby drill, into an aluminum plate, made from a soda can. (Courtesy of Kristy Hom)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Steve Jones
LOCATION:Bristol, United Kingdom
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a homemade 5×4 camera. The picture is a double exposure on a paper negative. (Courtesy of Steve Jones)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Wiebke Lohfeld
LOCATION: Deining, Bavaria, Germany
TITLE: fancy flower
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a home made wooden pinhole camera, with a 7×9 film cassette using a paper negative. The picture was exposed for 7.5 minutes then turned 90 degrees and exposited for another 7.5 minutes.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian Parkin
LOCATION: Moab, Utah
TITLE: Chairman
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a Santa Barbara wooden 8×10 camera using a paper negative.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Byron James Bignell
LOCATION: Milton, Ontario
TITLE “Daughter.”
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with an f/195 pinhole in a body cap on a Nikon D600 camera with a four second exposure. (Courtesy of Byron James Bignell)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Franco Calabria
LOCATION: S. Cecilia church in Trastevere in Rome.
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a self made 4×5″ wood pinhole camera with a 0.3mm hole. The exposure time was about 30 seconds.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jari Savijärvi
LOCATION: Jämsä, Finland
CAMERA/PROCESS: Taken with a homemade camera with 4×5″ negative sheet film holders.

To see more visit Wordwide Pinhole Day.