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.

Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomCamera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomPhotograph by Jason S. OrdazParticipants in the Camera Obscura, SAR BoardroomParticipants in the Camera Obscura, SAR BoardroomPhotograph by Jon Lewis
Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomParticipants in the Camera Obscura, SAR Boardroom
Detail of Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomDetail of Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomPhotograph by Jon LewisCamera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomCamera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomThe camera obscura image is projected from a pinhole in the door of SAR's Boardroom. Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Detail of Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomCamera Obscura in the SAR Boardroom
Jessica Calzada Looking Through the Camera Obscura Pinhole in the SAR BoardroomJessica Calzada Looking Through the Camera Obscura Pinhole in the SAR BoardroomPhotograph by Jason S. OrdazAcequia Madre Elementary Classroom Inside the Camera Obscura, SAR BoardroomAcequia Madre Elementary Classroom Inside the Camera Obscura, SAR BoardroomPhotograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Jessica Calzada Looking Through the Camera Obscura Pinhole in the SAR BoardroomAcequia Madre Elementary Classroom Inside the Camera Obscura, SAR Boardroom
Acequia Madre Elementary School classroom viewing Underscore_Views, an SAR staff photography exhibitAcequia Madre Elementary School classroom viewing Underscore_Views, an SAR staff photography exhibitPhotograph by Jessica Calzada“Thank You” Card from Acequia Madre Elementary Child“Thank You” Card from Acequia Madre Elementary ChildThe card reads, “Thank you for inviting the whole class. It was very fun. My favorite part was everything.”
Acequia Madre Elementary School classroom viewing Underscore_Views, an SAR staff photography exhibit“Thank You” Card from Acequia Madre Elementary Child

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.

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