Books that become other things

A course through May and June

Pinhole Photography from Home

What does your world look like now? Through May and June, we will document this odd moment by making pinhole photography at home (using instant coffee and baking soda as developer.) There will be biweekly, drop-in troubleshooting clinics over Zoom, a Slack group, and (optional) weekly assignments, readings, and discussions. The class will culminate with a "Pinhole Photographs from Lockdown" zine juried by Jason Fulford, featuring participants' work,.

All you need to participate is a pinhole camera (which you can buy from me below or make), a windowless bathroom, and either an iPhone or a light meter.

How to Shoot a Photo:


How to Develop a Photo:


How to: Post-processing:


Two ways to participate:

Option 1.) Buy This Book is a Camera ($27) - signup below!
I'll send you all of the supplies needed to get started. You may want extra expendables: photo paper, instant coffee, and washing soda (or baking soda.)

 
Option 2.) DIY (free) - signup below!
You'll build your own pinhole camera (it's easy!). You'll need these expendables: photo paper, instant coffee, and washing soda (or baking soda.)


Option 1.) Buy This Book is a Camera

A working camera that lives in a pop-up book.

The book concisely explains—while actively demonstrating—how a structure as humble as a folded piece of paper can tap into the intrinsic properties of light to produce a photograph.

The book includes:

- a piece of paper folded into a working 4x5" camera
- A lightproof bag
- 5 sheets of photo-paper "film"
- Development instructions     
- A baggie of washing soda+instant coffee "developer"
- A companion lightmeter app for iPhone (but any light meter will do if set to ISO 10 and f/228)

$27



Companion lightmeter app for iOS:


Example photos:



 

Option 1.) Order a book and enroll ($27) »

OR

Option 2.) DIY/Just enroll (pay-what-you-wish) »