Pinhole & Hobo Camera Workshop w/ John Allen
10:00 AM10:00

Pinhole & Hobo Camera Workshop w/ John Allen

This is a two-part workshop. You can attend either session or both.

Pinhole Camera Workshop 10 am - 1 pm

This fun and playful workshop will focus on hand-making pinhole camera from everyday objects. Using your handmade made camera, you will make photographs on paper negatives that will be used to make prints in the darkroom. Additionally, we will create solargram pinhole cameras which will, over the course of days, weeks, or months, be able to track the path of the sun moving across the sky. Students are welcome to return to Makers Circle to process their solograms in the darkroom at a later date.

No prior photography experience is needed, and all supplies are provided. Open to all ages - anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hobo Camera Workshop 2pm - 6 pm

Take your camera building skills to the next level by spending the afternoon building home-made/DIY cameras. To begin, we will work together to create a camera obscura, predecessor to the modern camera, in order to better understand the science of camera optics. Then, each participant will build a Hobo camera out of boxes, old enlarger lenses, odd camera parts, etc. We will have boxes and cans on hand, and a selection of old enlarger lenses but we encourage participants to bring other items they would like to play with such as cans. boxes, suitcases, old Polaroid cameras or other vintage medium-format cameras for potential modification. Time permitting, we will make images with paper negatives and create contact prints in the darkroom.

The Hobo Camera Workshop is open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the class.


John Allen is an artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Arrowmont Center for Arts and Craft and the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art in South Korea. His work spans various media including drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. He attended Clemson University, obtaining a Bachelors of Fine Art in 2010 and completed a Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of South Florida in 2014. John has been an instructor at The University of South Florida, Maryville College and at Pellissippi State Community College. Recently he helped launch a community art nonprofit based in a mobile alternative photography space, called The Big Camera!

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