The first mention of the expression camera obscura (Latin; “camera” is a “vaulted room” and “obscura” means “dark”) dates back to at least 470BC. It’s an optical device that projects images of its surroundings onto a screen inside. The darkened room or box has a hole in one side and light from the exterior passes through the hole and recreates the scene, upside down. The camera obscura is a device that led to the invention of photography in 1831.
Chris Fraser used this antique technology to create a contemporary art installation in a soon to be demolished house in San Francisco. He not only used the traditional single hole technique. He also created a second hole, a third, fourth and so on. This results in a clean, sharp, dynamic, layered and geometrical world of light. “I want the viewer to go home and see his or her own space anew,” said Fraser.
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