In this following short piece of work I will attempt to discuss a) What is pinhole photography? b) Who invented it? c) How to do pinhole photography.

Ibn al-Haytham is the inventor of pinhole photography, he wasn’t a photographer himself but he was a scientist, mathematician, astronomer and a philosopher. He claimed to be the first to explain the vision of light that bounces off an object and into ones eyes. Haytham was born into a Arab family. He died at the age of seventy-five in the year 1040 in Cairo.

The reason why the photographs turn out black and white is because the photographic paper is negative meaning the photograph will be back to front. The reason for this is because light travels in a straight line and when light shines through a small hole, the light spreads out and projects a picture onto the paper and creates a photograph.

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Pinhole photography is a type of photography that doesn’t use any lenses but a tiny hole instead. Light passes through the tiny hole on to some photographic paper which is sensitive to light, so it needs to be dealt with in the dark room or it will automatically turn black if its exposed to natural light. Pinhole photography only creates negative images as this is how they did it in the olden days in the years nine hundred AD and onwards. This is because they didn’t have the technology that we have back then.

Overall, I think pinhole photography is very interesting to say the camera could be made out of a cardboard box but still work as a normal camera as well as it could develop an image within matter of seconds/minutes.