Old image of the Camera known then as Short's Observatory
Edinburgh's Camera Obscura Our History How Does it Work Make your own Camera Obscura in Media Camera Obscuras' History
sdf
#
HISTORY OF CAMERA OBSCURA  

The name 'camera obscura' comes from the Latin words meaning 'darkened room'.  The first record of the camera obscura principle goes back to Ancient Greece, when Aristotle noticed how light passing through a small hole into a darkened room produces an image on the wall opposite, during a partial eclipse of the sun.  However, it may be much older than that.  Stone age man may have used the principle of the camera obscura to produce the world's first art in cave drawings.

Camera Obscura History
Camera Obscura History Later on, in the 10th Century, the Arabian scholar Al Hassan used the camera obscura to demonstrate how light travels in straight lines.  In the 13th Century, the camera obscura was used by astronomers to view the sun.
In the 16th Century, camera obscuras became an invaluable aid to artists who used them to create drawings with perfect perspective and accurate detail.  Portable camera obscuras were made for this purpose.  In Victorian times, much larger public camera obscuras became popular seaside attractions, where spying on courting couples became a popular pastime.  Today, we spy on visitors and locals alike as they make their way around our city. Camera Obscura History
#
#
#
#
  What visitors thought
  A fantastically informative tour of Edinburgh and its history. Brilliant!
Paul and Kath Shelvan, Aberdeenshire

Great presentation given with passion and knowledge. A good introduction to Edinburgh and a reminder of my childhood.
Matthew Gregg, Cheshire

Fantastic centre. Visited alone and I feel it made my trip to Scotland much better. Great fun & interesting! Thanks.
Lucy Clarke, Herts

It was excellent, wonderful. Our guide was informative and funny.
Marjorie Harvey, USA

When I last visited I was a child and was enchanted by the views via the Camera Obscura. That quality and sense of wonderment are still there
Visitor Survey

The guide in the Camera Obscura show was a riot! His humour was exceptional and it was obvious he enjoyed his job. I really appreciated his enthusiasm.
Visitor Survey

We had a mini guided tour in the Camera Obscura - this really made the visit! Picking people and cars up was a real laugh. I left feeling that I knew the city and locality a whole lot better.
Visitor Survey

Seeing the city in bird's eye perspective was amazing and the rest of the exhibition was one big playground. I wish I'd had more time and will definitely come back!
Visitor Survey

The staff at the camera obscura were all friendly and smiling and helped to make this visit a very positive experience for our family group which met up in Edinburgh for a few days. Thank you!
Visitor Survey


             
HOME CAMERA OBSCURA EDINBURGH VISION MAGIC GALLERY ILLUSION LAB CONTACT US BOOK ONLINE
WORLD OF ILLUSIONS ROOFTOP VIEWS LIGHT FANTASTIC EDUCATION/GROUPS WHAT'S ON TIMES & PRICES
#