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World's largest collection of Pinhole Photography Collection

Consisting of 6,000 photographs, 56 cameras and 100 rare books owned by Pinhole Resource LLC, this collection has been keenly vied by Eastman House, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, the Center for Creative Photography in Phoenix, and a number of other world institutions.

But it has finally found a home in the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives at the New Mexico History Museum. The acquisition is a big step for the Palace Archives, which is looking to move away from strictly historical photography. At the moment, it is accessible only to those who want to look at it for academic and professional purposes, but more than 906 of the images also have been digitized and can be searched by visiting http://econtent.unm.edu/cdm4/indexpg.php and clicking on "Browse Pinhole Resource Collection."

The museum plans to host an exhibit of the photographs in April 2014, which will be titled Poetics of Light, to coincide with World Pinhole Day, last celebrated on 29th April. Further details can be found on this news report here.

Photo: Digital imaging specialist Mark Scharen shows New Mexico History Museum marketing manager Kate Nelson a pinhole camera that the museum has acquired as part of the largest collection of pinhole photography in the world. The homemade prototype zone plate camera is among dozens donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives by the nonprofit Pinhole Resource LLC. - Natalie Guillén/The New Mexican

 

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