A talk on the varied history of the camera obscura, covering how artists and scientists have put this device to use throughout time. We’ll see examples of how it was used for everything from creating masterpieces and making discoveries to helping shoot down planes and helping control through fear.

The session will include time for questions.

Drop in to our other Sam White events, also on 4 April:

  • Drop in between 10.30am – 12.30pm. Light Play: Explore the Camera Obscura
    Meet photographer Sam White and step inside his camera obscura where you can learn about the workings of light and optics. See the world upside-down and back to front, before working together to create a unique portrait.
    This a drop in session so arrive anytime between 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • 1.30pm – 3pm. Light Play: Tracing the Light Workshop
    In this workshop with photographer Sam White we will learn about the varied history of the camera obscura, seeing how it was put to use by both artists and scientists. We’ll recreate a technique thought to have been used by Vermeer to create his masterpieces – using the camera obscura to project images that can be traced by hand onto canvas. An exciting workshop young people aged 10+ who love photography and art.


4 April 2018 7:00PM

Book Tickets

Ticket Prices

Full Price from £6.50
Suitable for all ages

Running Time

1 Hour 15 Minutes