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Largest camera obscura soon to be opened in Cornwall

 27th Apr 2009

Experimental pinhole photographers, Jamie House and Justin Quinnell, are working on a project which will involve a huge interactive camera obscura being opened to the public in Cornwall.

The project will be the largest of its kind in the world, according to the photographers behind it.

The camera obscura is opening at the National Trust’s Trerice property in the far southwest county and will be based around a ‘double pavilion marquee' design.

Visitors will be able to use the giant camera to carry out 15th century experiments with early photography techniques, using mirrors, prisms, lenses and pinholes. Quinnell says he hopes the project will be both fun and educational for young visitors. "In these pixel-hungry times we hope this obscura will allow people of all ages to discover the simple wonder within the quality of light and encourage fascination with science and art.” says Quinnell.

The walk-in project will also include a light exploration chamber and a corridor showing a timeline of the history of optics.

The record-breaking camera obscura project is to be open to the public from 25 to 28 May 2009.