Jon Grepstad
Photography and Texts


Pinhole photography

Infrared photography

Large format photography

Digital landscapes

Low-tech panoramic

History of photography


Norwegian institutions
of photography

Norwegian photography

About the author


Last updated
25 September 2015

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A Pinhole Image Monthly: Fhr, Germany

Hydra, Greece

Fhr, Germany, April 2012
Camera: Zero 2000 for 120 roll film, fl 25 mm, pinhole 0.18 mm, Fujichrome Velvia 50 2015 Jon Grepstad

Pinhole Image Archive

Astrup Fearnley Art Museum I built my first pinhole camera and made my first pinhole photograph in October 1990. Since then I have made more than 6000 exposures. A handful of images are presented here. [Go to archive >>]

Roma Stenopeica Pinhole Photographs of Rome

Pantheon, Rome Since 2006 I have been taking pinhole photographs in Rome. My subjects are buildings and architecture, street scenes, monuments and people. My photographs will be published in a book in 2016. [Sample images >>]

Pinhole Photography History, Images, Cameras, Formulas

Pinhole image

Pinhole photography is lensless photography. A tiny hole replaces the lens. Light passes through the hole; an image is formed in the camera.
    Pinhole cameras are small or large, improvised or designed with great care. Cameras have been made of sea shells; many have been made of oatmeal boxes, coke cans or cookie containers; at least one has been made of a discarded refrigerator. Cameras have been cast in plaster like a face mask, constructed from beautiful hardwoods, built of metal with bellows and a range of multiple pinholes. Station wagons have been used as pinhole cameras and rooms in large buildings. Basically a pinhole camera is a box, with a tiny hole at one end and film or photographic paper at the other. [View article >>]

Designing and Building a Large Format Camera

Grepstad large format camera

My book Building a Large Format Camera can now be downloaded free of charge from my website. The book is an 85 page manual with instructions and plans for building a 4 x 5 inch monorail camera with friction focusing. The book has 30 step-by-step drawings, 23 sketches and 11 photographs, a wealth of references to relevant literature and numerous useful addresses in the US and Europe. Most drawings are to scale and may be scaled up for an 8 x 10 inch camera. [Go to page >>]

Camera Builders

Building your own camera can be a very rewarding experience. Quite a few people have built their own large format camera, monorail or flatbed, simple or elaborate. I have collected a number of links to amateur camera builders. If you are considering building a camera, some of those links may help you getting started. You will also find some links to pages about restoring or modifying cameras. [Go to page >>]

Kodak Pinhole Camera

kodak pinhole camera

A recent acquisition: a cardboard camera designed by Frederick W. Brehm for 3 x 4 inch sheet film and sold as a kit from 1931 until the 1950s. [Read more >>]

Photography Without A Lens (1905)

Fotografia senza obiettivo Pinhole photography became popular in the 1890s. Commercial pinhole cameras were sold in Europe, the United States and Japan. The cameras seem to have had the same status as disposable cameras in recent years. The very first commercial pinhole camera was designed by Dehors and Deslandres in France in 1887. In Italy, Luigi Sassi published a 135 page manual on pinhole photography in 1905, La fotografia senza obiettivo, "Photography without a lens". [Read more >>]

My Personalized Pinhole Stamps

Window Window Hovedya, Oslo

Lofoten Gjer, Stardalen

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 26 April 2015

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