World Pinhole Photography Day

World Pinhole Photography Day is observed next on Sunday, April 27th, 2025 (277 days from today).

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The last Sunday in April is considered as World Pinhole Photography Day in the world.

World Pinhole Photography Day falls on the last Sunday of April every year, which aims to discover the art of pinhole photography by choosing it as a base hobby or profession. Experts share different techniques to help beginners learn more about this unique and ancient form of photography. World Pinhole Photography Day was created to promote the essence of pinhole photography. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in pinhole photography and take some great photos.

History of World Pinhole Photography Day

Although the history of World Pinhole Photography Day is unknown, it is believed to be appeared firstly in April 2001. In fact, the origin of pinhole photography is more complicated than we imaged and it lasted for centuries.

Since 1856, the first pinhole photography appeared in a book named "Stereoscopes" by Scottish inventor David Brewster, but the principle of the pinhole has long been known. In the 4th century, Aristotle mentioned that light shining through the gaps between the leaves would create a projection of the sun on the ground. In the 14th century, various scientists began to use this technique to study solar eclipses and the wavelength of light. Leonardo Da Vinci has used the pinhole in art since the 15th century when he explained how one could trace an image from a transparent screen. Scientists began to go blind when they looked directly at the sun through a pinhole telescope. To avoid harm to their eyes, they started using camera occlusion glasses to study the sun's projection.

Finally, in 1839, the official invention of photography in the form of daguerreotype was born and the most famous pinhole photograph was taken in 1890 by George Davison.

Why World Pinhole Photography Day be loved

  • It explores the forgotten genre

World Pinhole Photography Day is an opportunity to explore more about pinhole photography and encourage people to learn about it.

  • Pinhole cameras require less effort

Pinhole cameras are easy to use because of their simple construction. Therefore, exploring this camera is easier and less complicated than with other digital cameras. Almost anyone can use such cameras and create amazing photos.

  • It encourages creativity

World Hole Photography Day encourages people to be more active and creative with a simple lens less camera, which aims to inspire people to celebrate the joys of simple creation.

Some interesting truths about World Pinhole Photography Day

  • The first concept of camera obscura

Mozi, a Chinese philosopher, was the first to introduce the concept of a hidden camera.

  • First picture

In the Burgundy region of France, Nicéphore Niépce took the first photograph in 1816.

  • Color photo

In 1861, James Clerk Maxwell coming from Scotland had created the first color photograph.

  • Human photography

Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of human.

  • First selfie

Robert Cornelius was the first person to take a picture of him - this is the first selfie.

How to celebrate World Pinhole Photography Day

  • Create a pinhole camera

Well, it seems like building a camera is complicated, unless it's a pinhole camera. You can find various simple ways to make your own pinhole camera on the internet.

  • Join a contest

If you own a pinhole camera, do not hesitate to get it and take some epic photos to take part in some contests. Simply get creative with your photography.

  • Learn about pinhole photography

There's nothing better than taking the time of the day to learn about this little-explored genre of photography! Search for tips and tricks on pinhole photography shared by experts on the internet.


World Pinhole Photography Day has been observed the last Sunday in April.


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