A Rare Viewing at SAR: First-ever Camera Obscura in the Boardroom
Event, SAR Boardroom
Friday, September 14, 2012, 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Free
For the first time since it was built in the 1920s, the historic living room at El Delirio—the name given to the estate by its owners, Martha Root White and Amelia Elizabeth White, after their favorite bar in Spain—was transformed into a camera obscura. Coinciding with the recently installed photography exhibit Underscore Views, the rare viewing was likely one of the grandest camera obscuras ever seen in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
What is a Camera Obscura?
The camera obscura (Latin; camera for “vaulted chamber/room,” obscura for “dark,” together “darkened chamber/room”) is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It is used in drawing and for entertainment, and was one of the inventions that led to photography and the camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside where it is reproduced, upside-down, but with color and perspective preserved. The image can be projected onto paper, and can then be traced to produce a highly accurate representation.
About the Camera Obscura from Wikipedia.