The Sténoflex (price is € 39) is a simple box pierced with a tiny hole allowing light to enter. Place a sheet of photosensitive paper inside the darkroom and then expose it to your subject.
The Sténoflex enables you to reproduce the individual steps of black and white photography, from taking the photo to printing. (The chemicals for developing the images are included with the box).
It offers you a totally different approach from that of digital photography and makes it possible for you to discover the basic way of creating a photographic image. This is an invitation to take things slowly, to enjoy a surprising and amazing experience.
Principles of pinhole photography
The pinhole (from the Greek sténopé meaning “small hole”) is a tiny hole through which light can enter a darkroom. It allows the inverted image of the subject to be projected inside this darkroom.
This is the principle on which all cameras work.
A little bit of history
In ancient times, the Greeks observed the principle. The first darkrooms were already recognised by Aristotle (384-322 BC). Leonardo da Vinci, in 1515, set out the design for the working of a “camera obscura” and in 1550, Gerolamo Cardano added a lens. Since the Renaissance, darkrooms have been used by painters to help them with the perspectives in their pictures.