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Since 2017, Pavlovka ArtGallery annually holds Pavlovka pinhole fest. This is a festival of pinhole photography; authors from almost all corners of the world take part in it.

There is no other photographic technique in the world that runs a red thread through the whole history of mankind, that helps to reflect, comprehend and create an alternative visual culture, and feeds on collective archetypal memory.

Pinhole the oldest photographic technique. Its roots go back centuries to the time of primitive man who, through a tiny hole in an animal skin curtain, saw an inverted image on the wall of a cave. Modern cameras work on the same principle.

In the 5th century BC, followers of the Chinese philosopher Mozi were inspired by this phenomenon and described the appearance of an inverted image in a dark room.
The question of how the round image of the Sun is obtained when it shines through a square hole worried Aristotle. In optics, this is known as the “Aristotle problem”.

In the 17th century, Kepler developed the theory of the camera, and since then the “Aristotle problem” has been called the “pinhole camera effect”.

Pinhole photography became popular in the 90s of the 19th century in Europe, the USA and Japan. In the 60s of the last century, interest in photography without lenses revived in Europe, and in the 1990s came to Ukraine. Today, pinhole exhibitions and pinhole festivals are held all over the world. The number of pinhole followers is growing from year to year.

Pinhole photography is popular from Patagonia to Colombia, Chile to Japan, from Scotland to Greece. A pinhole camera can be made from anything: a box, an iron, a tram, an airplane …
Pinhole is a game where you can do anything you want or something specific, but do it as you want. A pinhole is a small hole made with a pin in a black box. Add a little imagination and in our hands is a powerful art tool.

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Pavlovka pinholefest is a festival of photographs created without a lens.

Since 2017, Pavlovka ArtGallery annually holds Pavlovka pinhole fest. This is a festival of pinhole photography; authors from almost all corners of the world take part in it.

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