On April 24, 2016 The Alice Austen House will participate in the sixteenth annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). The international event promotes and celebrates the art of pinhole photography by encouraging individuals to participate in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph, share their artistic vision, and help spread the unusual beauty of a historical photographic process. In 2014, 3,517 people from 70 countries participated in the event. The Alice Austen House is New York City's only official host site for this global event. 



Workshop: Make Your Own Pinhole Camera

Saturday, April 16, 2016

1:00 & 3:00pm

In advance of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (April 24), come to the Alice Austen House to make your own pinhole camera. Adults and families welcome. Bring your pinhole camera back to the house on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day to take and develop your photo! Workshops at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $5 per person. Limited space available. Advance registration required. Call 718-816-4506 x 10 or 


Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Come Celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at the Alice Austen House! We will provide pinhole cameras, photo paper, and the opportunity to use our darkroom to develop your pinhole exposure. First Exposure FREE, $5.00 per additional exposure. Darkroom appointments available every 15 minutes from (12:00pm - 3:45 pm). To  schedule: call 718-816-4506 x10 or email In advance of the event, make your own pinhole camera at our workshop on April 16, 2015.  Sponsored by New York Container Terminal and J & J Towing. 



Pinhole photography produces a photograph requiring only a light-tight container with a tiny hole in one side and any photo-sensitive surface. Light from a scene passes through a single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The basic optical principles of the pinhole are thought to first appear 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 explored pinhole optics and mechanics. 


Thanks to our darkroom sponsors New York Container Terminal and J&Js Towing. A special thanks to Aperture Foundation. Alice Austen House programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are grateful for the continued support of New York Community Trust, Richmond County Savings Foundation, The Staten Island Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and ConEdison.


  • (Staten Island Advance/ Bill Lyons)