Amazing image taken with a camera obscura shows photography’s origins

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Richard Learoyd

Unearthed: Photography’s Roots, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

THESE impressive images include some of the first photographs of nature, taken from Unearthed: Photography’s Roots, an exhibition tracing the history of photography from the 1840s to the 21st century through depictions of plants and botany. The exhibition is showing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, until 30 August.

The image  above shows a vase of poppies, taken by Richard Learoyd in 2019 using an ancient device called a camera obscura. This is created by making a tiny hole in one wall of a small, dark room, which acts as a lens and projects …

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