World Wide Pinhole Day 2021


Searched for an object-image, especially one that could deliver high contrast. This hydrant was captured on Ilford B&W photo paper, exposed for 120 seconds on a partly sunny day.”

This Korona 5×7 view camera was modified to accept the Skink Pinhole Pancake lens. It has an f/145 aperture.”

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World Wide Pinhole Day 2020

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Being that the weather would not be suitable for pinhole shots outside, I decided to setup a studio shot with the two nautilus shells. I used Harman Direct positive B&W paper, exposure took 10 minutes.”

My pinhole camera is a Zero Image 4×5 multi format. It can use film or photo paper. For this picture I used direct positive photo paper. It has an f/238.”

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World Wide Pinhole Day 2019

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During a week long trip to Virginia Beach, I discovered many subjects for world pinhole day. I was fascinated and excited on the fishing pier. This pier is an eye catcher.”


This is a Zero Image 4×5 pinhole camera with an f/218. I used Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black & White paper. Using a light meter, my exposures was 120 seconds on an overcast day.”

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World Wide Pinhole Day 2018


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“My image is a historical fountain that is very unique because of its age, shape and texture. This fountain sits in the middle of a cobblestone street in downtown Richmond Virginia. It should be on every visitor’s list.”

“My camera is handmade wooden box with a Polaroid shutter lens,a Graflex 4×5 film holder and a cable release. My exposure was 20 seconds with Ilford black & white.”


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Worldwide Pinhole Day 2017


It’s that time of year again……. Worldwide Pinhole Day.

Worldwide Pinhole Day allows photographers and enthusiasts to display their photos taken on the last Sunday of April using a pinhole camera.  This international event has been celebrated since 2001.

Currently there are 843 photos taken from around the world.  This year I entered the photo entitled “Chesapeake & Ohio”.

pinhole photograph Copyright 2017 James Draper Jr All rights reserved

This old restored locomotive caught my attention as I visited the Science Museum of Virginia. With so much detail, I chose to highlight the wheels.

WWPD 2017 Camera

This camera is a recycled jewelry box, modified to accept 5×7 film holders. A pinhole is mounted inside an old Graflex lens. My exposure was 20 seconds, controlled by a cable.

Take a moment to look at all the unique entries this year:

Worldwide Pinhole Day 2017

World Wide Pinhole Day 2016


Everyone knows pinhole photography is a passion of mine.  Each year I look forward to capturing a unique angle using a camera I created.

The international event titled “Worldwide Pinhole Day” allows photographers and enthusiasts to display their photos taken on the last Sunday of April.

For this pinhole day entry, my selection was these bikes and parts of bikes all welded on a steel pyramid. The entire structure was about 25 feet tall and was spray painted silver.

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M0377y pinhole camera was custom-made to use 4×5 film holders loaded with photo paper. The pinhole was mounted inside an old shutter and controlled by the cable release.

View other photographer’s entry’s here:

RVA As Seen Through the Pinhole


artwalkRVA as Seen Through the Pinhole” will open as a part of the First Friday’s ArtWalk, 5-9p on Friday, September 5 at Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center.  This exhibition of black and white photographs is produced by the artist, James W. Draper, Jr., using the techniques of pinhole photography.

“RVA as Seen Through the Pinhole” is a series of photographs depicting scenes around Richmond. This series demonstrates the artist’s fascination with the light tight box or camera obscura and its potential. Says Draper, “The pinhole camera is unconventional photography that challenges the analog in me. The pinhole gives me freedom to go beyond traditional photography.” Because the camera obscura functions like a projector or like a recorder, it can support creativity in the pinhole artist by producing unique images and ideas. 

A pinhole camera and imagery to record will be included in the exhibition, and visitors to the cultural center can try it out. 

The Ęlęgba handsFolklore Society’s Cultural Center is located on 101 East Broad St. in the downtown RVA arts district at the corner of 1st and Broad Street and the exhibit will be available  Sept. 5th — Nov. 30th. For more information visit their website:

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