Runs from Thursday September 23 2021 to Thursday November 11 2021

Approximate running time: 1 hour


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Samuel Choisy
Sep 23- Nov 11
Thursday 5PM-6:30PM

Keeping a visual diary with a pinhole camera.

This workshop will explore the possibilities that pinhole photography offers as a contemplative and delayed gratification imaging system.

You will learn how to build your own camera and create images with it. This new tool you’ve created will help you find your own unique visual voice to tell your story.

This workshop is open to anybody ready to start a new creative practice with the photographic medium or photographers willing to enrich their already existing practice by exploring a new approach. You will learn to open new creative paths by embracing accidents and welcoming serendipity.

No prior experience with photography is needed and no fancy equipment either. Come in with your ideas and if you don’t have any yet, let the process inspire you.

First, you’ll learn how to build a pinhole viewer to be used with your cell phone, then how to turn your bedroom (or any room, really) into a giant camera. We will also learn how to build a complete pinhole camera and, through a series of assignments, how to work with it.

Participants will be able to share their results and their technical issues in a private online group platform.

Week 1 •Land acknowledgement •Welcome •Course overview •Educator’s work overview •Comments and Questions Pinhole Viewer Presentation: •Overview of pinhole technology and photographic principles •Presentation of pinhole photography history and examples Activity: •Building a pinhole viewer •Pinhole viewer and cell phone •Week 1 assignment: pinhole viewer with cell phone Week 2 Your bedroom as a camera Presentation: •Overview of pinhole bedroom examples •Students present assignment results Activity •Let’s get at it, turn your place into a giant camera! •Week 2 assignment: room-sized camera images Week 3 Building an analogue pinhole camera Demo: •Building a basic pinhole camera using class supplies Activity: •Let’s build your analogue camera together! •Week 3 Assignment: analogue pinhole images Week 4 (* in-person lesson at Workman Arts facilities or Gallery 44, if in-person is not possible, this lesson will be converted to a remote version) Demo/Lab Session: •Analog pinhole photography on film •How to develop the image taken with your pinhole camera •Working with black & white photographic paper Week 5 Portraits Presentation: •Exploration of self-portraiture and portraiture in pinhole photography •Discussion on the cultural relevancy of self-portraiture throughout history Activity: •Lighting options for at-home portraits •Experimentation with lights, plants and objects to create a composition Week 5 Assignment: portrait of yourself or someone you love Week 6 Landscapes and Cityscapes Presentation: •Exploring pinhole landscape photography •Examples of urban pinhole photography Activity •Discussion and idea generation: how can pinhole photography capture the movement of a city? Week 6 Assignment: Take your camera outdoors in your neighbourhood to create a landscape photograph(s) Week 7 Photographic Diaries Presentation: •Overview and examples of photographic diaries and personal narratives •Building a visual narrative with your own images Activity: •Create a narrative using your own personal or found images Week 7 Assignment: Compose a photographic diary using your own photography Week 8 It’s a Wrap! Student Presentations: •Sharing our work, ideas and learnings •Feedback and questions

Materials: What you’ll need to get started Supplies: Cardboard, box, tape, foil, black paint, and a pin. If you have any access needs, please let Cynella know.

About the instructor: Samuel Choisy is a Franco-Ontarian visual artist and educator working primarily with photography. Choisy favors a subjective and playful approach to the photographic medium which he uses to define and explore inner territories.

Choisy graduated from l’École de l’Image d’Angoulême (1999-France) and l’École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (2001-France). He is the recipient of the 2016 Chamlers Arts Fellowship as well as various other grants from the Ontario Arts Council. His work has been exhibited in Canada the US and Europe and is part of several private collections. He lives, works, and plays in Toronto, located on traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Mississauga, Haudenosaunee, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Huron-Wendat nations, as well as the many other Indigenous people whose ancestors lived there.

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