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Poetics of Light.
Contemporary Pinhole Photography.
By Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer. Essays by Roy L. Flukinger and Joanna Turek.
Museum Of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2014. 212 pp., 190 color illustrations, 9½
For the past three decades Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer have exerted a defining influence on the reemergence of pinhole photography through their publication Pinhole Journal and in building the world's most extensive collection of contemporary pinhole art from thirty-five countries. Presented here are two hundred images representing the collection in its diversity, experimentation, and essential mystery that define pinhole photography.
Pinhole photographs were the first experimental images with the birth of the camera but the process was superseded by the modern camera and fell into obscurity. Who is it that sees, and whose gaze is recorded? In pinhole it is the camera object that looks but the artist that sees, thus accounting for the considerable mystery and poetry that is pinhole photography.
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