Honouring the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence and the 175th anniversary of the first Finnish photograph, Photographic Centre Peri offers to the public an opportunity to explore the basic principle of an image forming. Camera Obscura is latin and means darkened room. Light travels through a small hole and projects an upside down image of outside view to the opposite wall.
Camera Obscura 2017 project is open to all. A unique space for basic photographic principle is brought to historic milieu of Turku Cathedral Square inside a container. The project is a part of the Programme on Finland 100 years.
The container opened at start of June as part of Urban Art Festival Olohuone 306,4 km2. During three days container had over 500 visitiors at Turku Cathedral Square. Since then the container has visited several locations and events: Farmari Agricultural Exhibition at Seinäjoki, Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku at Lapua, Ruisrock festival at Ruissalo and Nagu Marina at Parainen.
At August the container returns to Turku Cathedral Square. It is just a stone’s throw away from the place where first Finnish photograph was taken. In 1842 doctor Henrik Cajander photographed a view from Uudenmaankatu. This is the oldest existing photograph taken in Finland. Camera obscura combines a cultural landscape of Turku Cathedral with people walking through a central location, making the experience of camera obscura livelier and vivid. There are guided tours to enhance the visual experience of Camera Obscura. Guided tours explain the phenomena and combine it to photography in general and local history.
Container opens again at Turku Night of the Arts, Thursday 17th of August. At 17th and 18th of August During Night of the Arts and Turbaani – Turku Urban Festival the container is open with guided tours from 1PM to 5PM. There is a acrobatic performance at 5 to 6PM at both days that emphasizes the visual impact of the camera obscura phenomenon. Performers are students of circus arts at Turku university of applied sciences, Ira Oinonen & Jere Virta. During the last two weeks of August on Mondays and Tuesdays there is program for school groups, where photographic artist Heidi Lunabba will teach how to make your own camera obscura.
Program and schedule of the tour (will be updated regularly on Facebook and on this site):
8th-10th June Turku Cathedral Square / Urban Art Festival Olohuone 306,4km2
– 8th-9th June 12 AM to 5 PM guided tours
– 10th June 1 to 6 PM drop in -workshop led by Heidi Lunabba
14th-17th June Farmari Agricultural Exhibition / Seinäjoki
20th June-2nd July Cultural center Vanha Paukku / Lapua
7th-9th July Ruisrock-festival / Ruissalo, Turku
12th July-15th August Nagu Marina, Parainen
17th-18th August Turku Cathedral Square / Night of the Arts in Turku and Turbaani Urban Festival
– 1 to 5 PM guided tours
– 5 to 6 PM performances:
5.15PM acrobatics and wushu by Hannu Pham
5.30PM acrobatics by Ira Oinonen and Jere Virta
5.45PM performance by Annikki Levomaa, Liisi Lukkarinen, Joel Törrönen
21st-22nd and 28th-29th August Turku Cathedral Square
– 8 AM to 3 PM workshops for children by Heidi Lunabba (more information about the workshops)
Visiting the camera obscura and participating in the workshops is free of charge!
Project Coordinator Suvi Kiukas
phone 040 350 1954