by Ancient Magic Art Tools™ Projects a very large 20 inch round (51cm) Image
In the 17th, 18th and 19th century many artists were aided by the use of the camera obscura: Jan Vermeer, Canaletto, Guardi and Paul Sandby are just a few who used the Camera Obscura to make their beautiful masterpieces. Find out More about Vermeer and the Camera Obscura.
The Camera Obscura was the beginning for modern cameras and today they are a hard to find collectible; as well as, a fun and practical drawing tool. The great thing about our camera obscuras is that they are not only a beautiful replicas, but it is fully functional and can be used for hands-on demonstrations that recreate the magic of the past. Perfect for any classroom that is teaching the history of cameras or art-from kindergartners to grad students they'll all be captivated and edified.
Here is an article about David Hockey's research on how the Old Masters used Camera Lucidas and Camera Obscuras to create their masterpieces.
Watch this very artful music video shoot through one of our camera obscuras. This really captures the unique look and depth of a camera obscura's image:
Here is a review from a Junior High photography teacher who used one of my Camera Obscuras in her classrooms:
"I was able to bring a bit of magic into my classroom with the use of this wonderful camera obscura. The
students watched in wonder as moving image was replicated on the
ground glass. They just simply could not believe how such a simple
contraption could capture a moving picture. With the basic
understanding of how a camera obscura works, my students were able
to create their own pinhole cameras. Their amazement was contagious
as they developed their first images. My students can now explain
with the utmost authority, how a camera obscura is the basis of
photography, and how the modern camera, with all its bells and
whistles, is really not that different from this wondrous little
invention that captures light, movement, and magic. Thanks for
keeping the art of wonder alive!
Powell Jr. High Art Department Head
Free instructions to build a simple camera obscura: HERE