Friday, April 5, 2019

Alice Austen House Invites Public to take Pinhole Photographs at Staten Island Makerspace

Alice Austen House Invites Public to Take Pinhole Photographs for 19th Annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at Staten Island Makerspace 450 Front Street, Staten Island NY 10304   

Staten Island, NY, April 5, 2019 – On Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM, the Alice Austen House will join photographers around the globe in making pinhole photographs at Staten Island Makerspace located at 450 Front Street, Staten Island, NY 10304. As the official host site in New York City, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient image-making process, take their own unique exposure, and then develop their photograph in the museum’s "pop-up" darkroom.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is an international event that promotes and celebrates the art of pinhole photography by encouraging individuals to participate in the creative act of making a pinhole photograph, share their artistic vision, and explore the unique historical photographic process.

The Alice Austen House and Staten Island Makerspace will host an afternoon of photographic activities, providing materials and darkroom facilities and professional guidance from photographers. Each participant may take one pinhole photograph for FREE. Additional exposures can be purchased for $5.00. Participants will process their photographs in a “pop-up” darkroom. Cameras will be provided but we encourage participants to bring their own pinhole cameras as well. Images taken during the event will be scanned and uploaded to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day website ( to become part of the internet's premier pinhole photography gallery. Participants are encouraged to use social media to post about their experience using the hashtags:  #pinhole and #aliceaustenhouse.

About Pinhole Photography
Pinhole photography produces a photograph that requires only a light-tight container with a tiny hole in one side and any photo-sensitive surface. Light from a scene passes through the “pinhole,” the single point of light entering the container and projects an inverted image into the inner surface of the “camera.” The basic optical principles of this image making process are thought to have first appeared in Chinese texts from the 5th century BC and were later explored by the 10th century AD Arabian scientist Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) in the Book of Optics. In more recent history, philosophers and scientists, such as Robert Grosseteste, Roger Bacon, Gemma Frisius, and Sir David Brewster, have explored pinhole optics and mechanics.

About Alice Austen House
The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

The Alice Austen House and grounds are owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, operated by the Friends of Alice Austen House Inc. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a member of 
Historic House Trust and is designated a New York City and National Landmark. In June 2017, the Alice Austen House, where Austen and her life partner, Gertrude Tate, lived together for nearly 30 years, marked its national designation as a site of LGBTQ history. The museum's listing on the National Register of Historic Places was amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance. This was an achievement of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, funded through a grant from the New York State Historic Preservation Office and made possible by the National Park Service.

About Staten Island Makerspace
Staten Island Makerspace was founded in 2013 by sculptors, DB Lampman and Scott Van Campen who had an art studio and metal fabrication shop in Stapleton, Staten Island that flooded in October 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. During the cleanup, many volunteers gave their time, advice, skills, and hard hours of labor helping to open a non-profit community workspace called Staten Island MakerSpace to the public one year later, on October 28, 2013.
MakerSpace NYC has grown since 2013 to become a cultural anchor in the borough and helped thousands of creative entrepreneurs get their start. In addition to a vibrant makerspace the staff and a team of volunteers have created a sculpture park in Staten Island that provides artists with the opportunity to create large scale public art. Their education department has flourished and has proudly provided STEM and arts education to tens of thousands of students all across the city.  
In spring 2019, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Staten Island MakerSpace has opened the Futureworks Makerspace at Brooklyn Army Terminal, a key component of the Futureworks nyc initiative to support advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and grow good local manufacturing jobs. Both locations will be managed under a new umbrella, MakerSpace NYC.

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