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Pinhole Photography, 4th Edition by Eric Renner

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CHAPTER 4

The Body as Camera, the Room as Camera Obscura

I am fascinated by the purity of gesture in ‘frugal’ photography, with no optical barriers, no view-finder, no shutters or distances or heights and the equally pure but not at all frugal—on the contrary, clamorous—image reflected. Volumes and geometric perspectives take shape through a pencil mark made ‘transparent’ by a pinhole and, by looking ‘through’ it, an image with a peculiar ‘fidelity’ of its own may be seen.

—Paolo Gioli, Pinhole Journal, 1996

The hole has become an important element. Looking into a deep hole unnerves me. My concept of stability is questioned and I am aware of the potent energies within the earth. The black is that energy made visible.

—Andy Goldsworthy

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