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"Architectural Optics: Total Transformation of a Gallery"
2002-08-01 until 2002-08-28
Gallery of Photography
The Gallery of Photography is turning the world upside-down during the
month of August. The main gallery has been transformed into a large-scale,
walk-in camera, known as a camera obscura or darkened chamber. Step
inside the giant camera to experience live pictures of the world magically
turned upside down. These views are realtime, full colour images of
extraordinary beauty. It is a fascinating experience which will enchant
viewers of all ages.
The camera obscura is based on the scientific principle that light passing
through an aperture or pinhole into a darkened room will project an
inverted image opposite the aperture. This optical phenomenon was known
since ancient times. It was employed by artists such as Canaletto and
This special installation in the Gallery of Photography is the result of a
collaboration between John Tuomey (of ODonnell+Tuomey the architects of
the Gallery building), and the American artist Richard Torchia. The
collaboration brought together these leading practitioners in a creative
dialogue on the subject of the camera obscura and related optical devices.
Thus, in addition to the camera, Richard Torchia is exhibiting small scale
optical sculptures, made specifically in response to the various spaces
and materials in the Gallery building.
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