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Digital Camera Obscura (DCO), Versions 1-4
Four different iterations of digital pinhole cameras were developed be Felix Beck at the University of the Arts Berlin from 2004-2007.
The Digital Camera Obscura (DCO) connects the beginning of photography with modern digital photographic technology. Felix Beck developed four different versions of DCOs during his studies at the University of the Arts, Berlin from 2004-2007, with the support of Bernd Wille.
A pinhole camera, commonly known as Camera Obscura (latin for dark room), is a dark cavity where light can fall in through a little whole. On the opposite side of the whole an upsite down, mirror-wrong image of the large-far-world forms. On the one hand there is the genious simplicity of a pinhole camera that encaptured the great environment which surrounds us on light-sensitive materials such as paper or film, yet nowadays transports the analog brightness measures into the dataspace of digital imaging. On the other hand we have all the possibilities to see the unusual view of a Camera Obscura, and are able to share this with others on the web, on paper, in projections or other means of communication.
The delivered magic of a Camera Obscura from the early stages of the photography comes together with the magic of virtual modern times.
Original problems arise in other form also with the DCO, however us the new, manipulate and medium capable for editing and comes digital to property! An appropriate computer often commodity provides remedy and converts the picture according to user desires, so that one gets the image in jet time time on the laptop.
Right image sequence shows some examples from the:
„War of the Worlds“
Felix Hardmood Beck, 2006
Analog Camera Obscura built by Felix Beck in semester 3 during the Photography course of Bernd Wille, UdK Berlin
Mankind is being threatend by alien beings, technologically much more advanced. The motiv: the meticulous planning of an invasion with the aim of abolishing all life on earth. The War of the Worlds is the most famous and important book by H.G. Wells. It was published 1898, the german version appeared in 1901. The book became known as a radio play and as adaptions for movies, … and as a picture series made with the Digital Camera Obscura.
The left picture shows the first DCO version build from a disassembled webcam.
The picture on the right shows the first picture taken with this camera: the rosebush in front of Felix’s window.