Task 2 – Pinhole Research

David Leventi

  •  He was commissioned to photograph basket ball arena.
  • He want to conjure up of the atmosphere of the space. How it feels when the space becomes empty.
  • Tried to get good composition whilst also capturing the emotional representation of the space.
  • The use of lighting gives a dramatic outcome, representing the intensity in which the game provides.
  • Emptiness of a space automatically gives it an eerie atmosphere as it is rare that we see such abandoned places such as these.


Paul Graham – Troubled Land

  •  Made in the mid 80’s
  • Interested in documenting the human presence of a landscape
  • Looks at how people have personalised the spaces around them.




  • When you first look at the second image it looks like a normal landscape, until you look at the tree within the image. In which a unionist poster has been stuck onto the tree.

Paul Seawright – Hidden 202

  • Showing the presence that humans had during the war – based on Roger Fenton – The valley of the shadow of death

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Roger Fenton – Valley of the Death

Paul Seawright – Hidden

You can clearly see the resemblance as he uses inspiration of Fenton’s work. Fenton used large format so he was unable to photograph the action of war, so he photographed the areas that had been affected by war and the aftermath it had left.


The human presence within the landscape – you know something is out of place in this set of photographs. Even though they have tried to make themselves feel hidden from society you can clearly see that something is out of place within the landscape.

Emma and Johns
longhouse communal space

Tom Hunter – Public Spaces Public Stages

  • Works around Hackney – likes representing the community
  • It was crucial to use a pinhole so it absorbs the image rather than just grabbing the light.
  • He is inspired by paintings and his inspiration always comes from them
  • When first using pinhole he didn’t understand the use of light, so he started with 30 second exposures until he understood   how his pinhole camera worked.


Pinhole cameras can come in all shapes and sizes and one I personally found fascinating was Justin Quinnell in which he made a tiny pinhole camera in which he could place in his mouth. Then when he opened his mouth that would expose the camera. He then became extremely creative with his use of objects giving us a unique view of what we ourselves never get to see.



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