Jo Babcock: From Object to Image

March 29 - June 1, 2014 / Curated by Jennifer Gately

 Jo Babcock, Giant Camera, 2012, unique gelatin silver print

San Francisco artist Jo Babcock has been creating pinhole cameras from whimsical found objects for the past four decades. Using only a needle, tin foil, black tape and some film, he can make a functional camera out of practically anything. He has made cameras out of coffee pots, maple syrup cans, suitcases, lunch pails, soup cans, file boxes; he even turned a VW van and an Airstream motorhome into giant cameras exposing images directly onto 40” x 60” sheets of color photographic paper spread out across the floor. This exhibition features a selection of his collection of over 1,000 cameras and their related photographs, many of which are self-portraits. Public holdings of Babcock’s work include SFMoMA and the Smithsonian Institute.


Related Event: Worldwide Pinhole Camera Day Open House, Sunday, April 27, 1-4 PM / FREE

Drop in and make your own pinhole camera and learn about the fascinating history of this simple device that dates back to the 5th Century BC and was used by such notable mathematicians, astronomers, and philosophers, and artists as Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci during the 2 PM Gallery Talk.