Jo Babcock Makes Pinhole Cameras with a Band-Aid Tin, Lucky Strike Pack and Mailbox (Pics)
Civil Defense - Burnt Building, Lower East Side, NYC, 1986
As vintage as they may be, all the pinhole cameras in Babcock's show are tangible items from every day life, from a Lucky Strike cigarette pack to Hanukkah candles from the Telshe Yeshiva, a famous Jewish educational institute that relocated to Ohio from Lithuania after WWII. Unlike typical photography shows, gallery visitors at the reception had the opportunity to interact with the pieces they had come to see, according to Miller, who added that people visited each piece and offered up their own interpretations of the objects and prints during the reception.
Chanuka Candles - Last Night of Chanuka, 1999
A prominent piece at the gallery is a mailbox, complete with duct tape that was used in transforming it into a pinhole camera. Here, he captures his mail carrier Pat in 1989. Observers might notice the upside down outline of the photo, which is a classic inverted effect of the pinhole technique.